Picture ID 49955

Picture of unidentified spider

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In the process of moving from Oregon (Nw USA) to Manchester in the UK. Shipping container with all our possessions was opened when it arrived in the UK and they found this. may be a brown recluse as they were fairly common in Oregon. if so, shipment was packed first week of Oct and opened in the uk last week november, chances of it laying eggs among our possessions? Thoughts?

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  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2018
  • Photographed: Nov 16, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Liverpool (at docks after spider seen in shipping container from the US), United Kingdom
  • Spotted Indoors: Garage or shed
  • Found in web?: No
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Well, it’s not a Recluse. It appears to be one of the Funnel Web Weavers in the family Agelenidae and is similar to the Grass Spiders of the Genus Agelenopsis in that family. It is a male, so won’t have been laying eggs in the container.


Agree with male Agelenidae. Brown recluse are not common in Oregon, it is way out of their natural range, only accidental imports would be found that far North-West. For example iNaturalist has around 800 recorded sightings and not one of them is anywhere near Oregon. Of those 800 IDs, a small percentage are totally incorrect because people assume every small brown spider is a recluse. Data range maps here https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/48137-Loxosceles, and lots of info here from experts on their misleading reputation http://spiderbytes.org/recluse-or-not/ The page ‘recluse or not’ was set up precisely because so many people claim to find recluse spiders,… Read more »