Unidentified

Picture ID 161057

Picture of unidentified spider
  • Submitted by: 
    Wvubaker
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2022
  • Photographed: Aug 2, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Utah, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Desert area
  • Found in web?: No
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BugmanDan

Hi. Just a hunch but looks like a flattie. Selenopidae family.
Also called wall crab spiders.
Genus Selenops – BugGuide.Net

Nod

I see where you are going with the flattie. But do you think the way the legs are arranged that we could be looking at only the front half of a large spider. I think it could be the front half of a giant crab spider? Maybe in the genus Olios with those black chelicerae. Could it even be a shed skin with the way the legs are stretched out in front? I have never seen one in person

BugmanDan

Hi. the reason Olios never crossed my mind is Utah seems quite north of their range. I did some enhancements and your suggestion looks spot on. The eyes are Sparassidae. So Olios gigantius is a good call. I played with a number of them years back, found a few on the Palomar observatory walls. ‘Golden huntsman’ The very dark mouth parts and dark booties I should have noticed. If the site will let me post a video, you can see one in action: (593) Animals Anonymous | Golden Huntsman Spider – YouTube So, I stand corrected on my first post.… Read more »

Nod

Fantastic clip. Thanks. We just don’t have anything like that here in Ireland.

BugmanDan

I think parts of England are as far north these can be found. they are pantropical.