Unidentified

Picture ID 171922

Picture of unidentified spider

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This large active orange-brown spider, approx 4”-5” across from legs tips, surprised us crawling across our rental Jeep. We were in town near the airport at the time, but had just come from Playa de Soldado on the more arid southern end of the island. I’ve never id’d a spider before and have little idea and have been given conflicting opinions from locals. I wish I had gotten a better photo of its face, but it ran under the car too fast to avoid my camera. Huntsman? Wolf? Large brown recluse? Thanks for any help.

  • Submitted by: 
    JohnBS
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2023
  • Photographed: Jan 13, 2023
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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valeria.casellas

Hi, I think it is a southern house spider of the family Filistatidae. It has the scientific name of Kukulcania hibernalis. This species have stong sexual dimorphism. Of the information I found males are lighter in color than females. Also, they have longer legs than recluse spiders. My guess is that it is probably a male southern house spider.

References:

https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/spiders/southern_house_spider.htm

https://bugguide.net/node/view/302915

https://bugguide.net/node/view/26400

Last edited 8 months ago by valeria.casellas
Mr_Cranker

I don’t think it’s that species. I saw the same spider today at my school, and it does not look like the pictures shown by the references.

Mr_Cranker

I was able to take detailed pictures.

valeria.casellas

Hi Mr_Cranker, hope you’re doing well. I just took a guess by researching species jeje. I saw the comment below from the user Nod and now seeing that spider I think it might be a Brown huntsman spider. I don’t study spiders so I am not 100% sure. Yet again there are a lot of species that can have similarities and that can be confusing. I hypothesized on the Southern house spider because of similarities in its structure. But it also has similarities to brown recluses. So I guess it all comes down to doing more research and consulting an… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by valeria.casellas
Mr_Cranker

I saw that same orange spider today, and I took detailed pictures.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mr_Cranker
Nod

my guess is a giant crab or huntsman spider. Maybe this one..comment image