(Velvet Spiders)

The spider family Eresidae, commonly known as Velvet Spiders, have been sighted 16 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Eresidae includes 7 countries and 0 states in the United States. Eresidae is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of May.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Eresidae

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Eresid Spiders

Other Common Names

Velvet Spiders


Carl Ludwig Koch, 1845

Sightings Overview

There have been 16 confirmed sightings of Eresidae (Velvet Spiders), with the most recent sighting submitted on April 14, 2019 by Spider ID member rickcwest. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 16 sightings because of certain Eresidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 19% of the time, Eresidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 16)
  • Sex:¬†1 female and 2 male.
  • Environment:¬†Eresidae has been sighted 17 times outdoors, and 1 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (4). On flower (1). Ground layer (7). Under rock or debris (2). Open field, pasture, grassland (2). Desert area (1).

Location and Range

Eresidae (Velvet Spiders) has been sighted in the following countries: Algeria, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey.


Eresidae has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January:
  • February:
  • March: 1
  • April: 2
  • May: 8
  • June:
  • July:
  • August:
  • September: 1
  • October: 3
  • November: 1
  • December:

Genus: Eresus (Ladybird Spiders)

Genus: Gandanameno

Genus: Loureedia

Genus: Paradonea

Genus: Seothyra

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