Unidentified

Picture ID 140365

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Taken in Clark County, Southern Nevada. Somewhat on the edge of town in a housing community, not far from a lot of empty desert/mountain area.

Some suggestions I have heard are:
Wolf spider
Hobo spider
Huntsman spider

  • Submitted by: 
    Kandice3000
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2021
  • Photographed: Jun 18, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Las vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers),Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc),Desert area
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes:
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JamesTheSpider

It’s camel spider, also known as the wind scorpion or sun spider. They are not spiders or scorpions, but Solpugids. They aren’t aggressive or dangerous, but can move at speeds of up to 10 mph!

Here is a link to an article about misinformation regarding these arachnids:
https://www.burkemuseum.org/collections-and-research/biology/arachnology-and-entomology/spider-myths/myth-too-many-camel-spider

Last edited 2 months ago by JamesTheSpider
SHenderson

So… I also saw a spider that looked just like this one. I live in the Agave Crest neighborhood in Las Vegas. It’s in the area of Hualapai and Centennial. This spider I saw was HUGE about 2 inches long. It was crossing the road about 11pm tonight. It looked like it had kinda claws on it. Like a scorpion without a tail, but thinner claws. I walked behind it and it ran away. I should have gotten a pic.
Are you nearby?

SHenderson

Thanks for the reply! I feel like it is a spider in the terms of normal people seeing it. But I did do some research on the link the other person posted and even though it’s technically not a spider like… it’s a spider
Anyway, it was so big and right in front of my house and now I’m afraid to go in my garage so that sucks.
I’m new to the area and this isn’t the welcome I was hoping for.

JamesTheSpider

I’m reluctant to use pesticides myself as they are far more dangerous than the spiders themselves. Having a few spiders around is fine – just beware of the black and brown widows. Recluse spiders are rare in Nevada.

TangledWeb

Do you have any dangerous viruses vectored by mosquitos in your area? I live in New Hampshire, we have at least 3 deadly and disabling diseases carried by mosquitoes. My Mom is half feaf from a tick bite in her ear canal and I know lots of people (and 3 dogs) sickened long-term by ticks. Spiders don’t scare me at all given that I could die from incurable encephalitis from a mosquito bite (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). Spiders are great!

JamesTheSpider

We have five dangerous viruses transmitted by mosquitoes in NC:

  • West Nile Virus
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis
  • La Crosse encephalitis
  • Dengue Fever
  • Yellow Fever
TangledWeb

There are several types (orders) of class Arachnida other than Spiders which are order Aranae. Solifugae is the order of the one you saw. They have jaws that snip and dice instead of having fangs and venom. The other ones are Pseudoscorpions.

SHenderson

Well knowing that they have jaws that snip and dice really doesn’t help me!! I’m terrified of spiders already and I definitely don’t want to find one of these in my bed or on the carpet. Just thinking about it has my heart racing.