(Velvet Spiders)

The spider family Eresidae, commonly known as Velvet Spiders, have been sighted 27 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Eresidae includes 10 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 27 confirmed sightings of Eresidae (Velvet Spiders), with the most recent sighting submitted on February 12, 2020 by Spider ID member martie. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 27 sightings because of certain Eresidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 19% of the time, Eresidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 27)
  • Sex:¬†2 female and 2 male.
  • Environment:¬†Eresidae has been sighted 33 times outdoors, and 2 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (11). On flower (2). Low foliage (1). Ground layer (10). Under rock or debris (2). Open field, pasture, grassland (5). Forest (1). Desert area (1).

Location and Range

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


Eresidae has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January:
  • February: 1
  • March: 1
  • April: 4
  • May: 13
  • June:
  • July:
  • August:
  • September: 2
  • October: 4
  • November: 1
  • December: 1

Genus: Eresus (Ladybird Spiders)

Genus: Gandanameno

Genus: Loureedia

Genus: Paradonea

Genus: Seothyra (Buck Spoor Spiders)

Genus: Stegodyphus

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