Pholcidae
(Cellar Spiders)

Picture ID 96019

Picture of Pholcidae (Cellar Spiders) - Dorsal

Comments & ID Thoughts

I had just gotten home from work and I found this bad boy perched up on top of my bathroom door frame / board.

Obviously, I think it’s a desert recluse.

Please share your opinions and concerns. What should I do if the overall consensus is that it is most likely a recluse?

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TangledWeb

Maybe Artema atlanta? We only have one Desert Recluse photo on file. They live in truly desert conditions where people are unlikely to see them.

TangledWeb

There is an introduced population in Arizona. I don’t know how big the current population is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artema_atlanta

Pieter111

It looks a lot like the Violin spider found in South Africa. Family Sicariidae.
See the violin image on the back and head of the spider.
http://www.arc.agric.za/arc-ppri/Fact%20Sheets%20Library/Violin%20Spiders.pdf

BugmanDan

The eyes make it look like Kukulcania arizonica, male. A bad angle to see the long palps though.
They are often mistaken for recluse.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1654208/bgimage
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1411377/bgimage

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