Picture ID 194739

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I took this Pic April 13 (yesterday) after pulling quite a bit of kitchen equipment and books off my kitchen counter to clean and throw away stuff that hadn't been moved in a year.
First:I live in Phoenix, AZ and have we have tons of Black Widows that are native to our hot and dry weather but as I have read, we're not at all an ideal place or native home to Brown Recluse. But seeing this spider, I immediately saw a familiar Cello or Violin dark shape on the thorax or top of the spider with the (what would be the neck if it were and instrument) the neck pointing toward the back of the spider but only on the? Thorax section I believe. It's the size with its legs in repose or natural position, of about a "quarter" or slightly larger. It didn't spin web as I prodded it up the side of my sink and its legs seem to be 3 segmented with also a little foot segment at the end and smooth except when I enlarged the Pic many times there was a tiny bit of short straight hairs barely noticeable.
I am hoping if someone can identify this spider mostly as a yes (Brown Recluse) or No, and of course any other info would be great if it is another species of a known type
Thank you

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  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2024
  • Photographed: Apr 13, 2024
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Phoenix , Arizona, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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This is definitely not a brown recluse …the recluse spiders found in America do not have any pattern on their abdomens…this looks like a harmless cellar spider. It might be a giant cellar spider …Artema atlanta


Good stuff


Notice the patterns on the abdomen, this is not a recluse.
I agree with Nod, this is a giant cellar spider, harmless