Picture ID 49511

Picture of unidentified spider

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My dog was barking, whining, and trying to get behind some shelves. I grab my flashlight and found spider in picture. After I let the dog in the house (5 seconds top) I turned around and it was gone. So I let the dog back out and she hated it underneath a vehicle about 10 feet away-total time elapsed from outing the dog inside the house to letting her back out was 9-10 seconds and travelled 10 feet. I capture the slide and took photo. Upon capture the spider seemed defensive and lethargic. I had a wooden pencil that I was using to turn it over. The spider would have a really tight hold on it. Any help on identifying this species would be greatly appreciated.



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  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2018
  • Photographed: Dec 1, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Oxford , Mississippi, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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Hi Sam, it looks like a trapdoor spider to me, family Ctenizidae. There are currently 3 genera comprising 53 species. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find evidence of any in Mississippi. My second guess is black house spider. Third is folding door spider. I just wanted to get some information to you quickly. I’m only a few months into specifically teaching myself about spider taxonomy. I ordered some identification keys, but don’t have any yet. From what I’ve read, your spider acted like a trapdoor spider. They move quickly and put on a show of acting defensive, but they… Read more »