Unidentified

Picture ID 136933

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I have no idea what spider it is, but i looked on the site for spiders in Alaska (that is where I am located, Fairbanks, AK.,) and my wild guess would be the fifth spider on the list, the Zygiella dispar. Also I am wondering are there only five spider species in Alaska? Because the site only shows five species on the list. Anyways the spider was in my house and that matches the description for the Zygiella dispar. I caught it in a tupperware and I want to keep it but have no food to feed it, so I moved the cup outside. It is dropping below freezing at night so should I let it go back in my house? Any help would be truly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Submitted by: 
    Dawnes1221
  • Submitted: May 3, 2021
  • Photographed: May 2, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: Yes
  • Attributes:
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LittleSlingLover

This site goes off of submissions so there have only been 5 species categorized for Alaska based off of submissions from people such as yourself. This is a Running Crab Spider in the Philodromus genus.

LittleSlingLover

Yes, fruit flies would work great for this guy. Eventually it would get big enough for pinhead roaches or crickets if you do decide to keep it and any others. Philodromus spp. are fairly arboreal spiders as well so a taller than longer enclosure would be best. Something with a slab of bark to act as a hide would be more than sufficient for these spiders.