Unidentified

Picture ID 126402

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I have tons of these spiders hanging out in the house, usually up near where the wall meets the ceiling. They have had babies and I generally leave them alone. There’s always lots of them in my bathroom at my end of the house, where I get the bulk of other spiders and scorpions as well. I always just thought of them as house spiders. ID please?

  • Submitted by: 
    Desertrose
  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2020
  • Photographed: Sep 19, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Roswell, New Mexico, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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Helper-Harvestman

Based on the carapace shape, I’d say Family Scytodidae, the Spitting Spiders. Their proportions are distinctive, since in most spiders the carapace is smaller than the abdomen. Spitting Spiders have an interesting hunting technique. Rather than spinning webs, they capture their prey by ‘spitting’ a gluey combination of venom and silk. The large venom glands are the reason for the large carapace. In spite of their enormous venom glands, they are harmless to humans and indeed beneficial, since their hunting technique is highly effective at taking down recluses. I’m guessing Scytodes lugubris based on the leg markings. You can read… Read more »