Kukulcania hibernalis
(Southern House Spider)

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Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Female - Dorsal

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Crevice Weaver, which I think may commonly be called a Southern House Spider. This poor guy is injured and not long for this world, although he was patient enough to let me take a bunch of photos of him. Hanging out of my patio, taking shade from Florida’s summer heat.

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SAMAROST

Black hole spider or southern house spider ??

ItsyBitsy

Hi, your image has been filed. See above image for ID. 🙂

Billie

Do they bite because I’m pretty sure that I may have seen these in the uk possibility got a lift on some American freight?

BugmanDan

Hi. Not all spiders are capable of biting skin, and a good number simply don’t.
For all these kept for pets and handled,this genus is not known to bite.
Their venom is rather mild and fangs a bit small for such spider.
Their mouth parts are fused and don’t move independently, a guess, if these can bite, it would be insignificant, far from medically significant. Professional arachnologist state they are totally harmless.

BugmanDan

In the UK, there are a couple spiders that look like these that are capable of biting.
Lace weaver, mouse spider, tubeweb spider may resemble these and can bite.
Likely have to be pressed against the skin or otherwise provoked, spiders don’t want to bite and will run if they can. Only bites I have ever had were trapping under clothing or mishandling, trapped between fingers. Handled countless of these Kukulcania and zero bites.

Billie

Ok all spiders have the ability to bite for killing other spiders but not all can penate human skin what I saw at work looked like a bigger version of this it had the metal effect leg joint fascinating to watch but scary looking.

BugmanDan

True, nearly all spiders are venomous with fangs, adapted to subduing other arthropod life.
Some lack the strength to bite skin, bu can with help of pressing the spider.
Many active hunting spiders can simply bite skin, wolf spiders, ground spiders, jumping spiders, IF they took the notion.

Billie

I got bit by a spider at work it put me into shock I don’t know what the spider was but it’s bit turned into a big blister it was black with green marking on its leg it was very hairy I never got a pic just the blister bite we had cargo from all over the world it was hanging from a stand of its web waiting to ponce it may have been some kind of huntsman.

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