Metaltella simoni
(Hacklemesh Weaver)

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Picture of Metaltella simoni (Hacklemesh Weaver) - Male - Dorsal

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Found this crawling across my kitchen floor. I killed two others like it about a month ago, also in the kitchen.

A couple of people I've asked were quick to say it's a brown recluse. From my research, I'm debating between a recluse and a male southern house spider. I live in Texas. I know it's rare to see a recluse come out of hiding but I was told by my pest guy that I may have caught it while it was hunting prey.

I have a toddler who is the kitchen often so a brown recluse concerns me, although perhaps they aren't as scary as the media makes them out to be?

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That looks very similar to one I just submitted. Similar structure and abdominal pattern, but I’m in Houston. I really wish we could find some more information about this spider. I’m nervous about it being a brown recluse as well.

ItsyBitsy
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That ID is correct (Metaltella simoni). Also yours is a mature male, so he was likely wandering in search of a mate. 🙂

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