Kukulcania hibernalis
(Southern House Spider)

Featured spider picture The spider species Kukulcania hibernalis, commonly known as Southern House Spider, belongs to the genus Kukulcania, in the family Filistatidae. Kukulcania hibernalis spiders have been sighted 31 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Kukulcania hibernalis includes 2 countries and 10 states in the United States. Kukulcania hibernalis is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of February.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Filistatidae
  • Genus: Kukulcania
  • Species: Kukulcania hibernalis

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Southern House Spider

Other Common Names

Crevice Weaver, Cribellate Crevice Weaver, Primitive Cribellate Spider

Author

Nicholas Marcellus Hentz, 1842

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Sightings Overview

There have been 31 confirmed sightings of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider), with the most recent sighting submitted on February 20, 2018 by Spider ID member sadz540. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 31 sightings because of certain Kukulcania hibernalis sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 21% of the time, Kukulcania hibernalis spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 14)
  • Sex: 14 female and 13 male.
  • Environment: Kukulcania hibernalis has been sighted 2 times outdoors, and 13 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: High foliage (1). Under rock or debris (1).

Location and Range

Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) has been sighted in the following countries: Argentina, United States.

Kukulcania hibernalis has also been sighted in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia.

Seasonality

Kukulcania hibernalis has been primarily sighted during the month of February.

  • January: 4
  • February: 7
  • March: 3
  • April: 1
  • May:
  • June: 2
  • July: 1
  • August: 3
  • September: 1
  • October:
  • November: 3
  • December: 2

Additional Remarks

  • The males of this genus are frequently mistaken for “brown recluses” and other species in the genus Loxosceles (family Sicariidae), and persecuted needlessly. Males wander in search of females and may occasionally stray indoors at that time.
  • Mated females lay about 200 eggs, wrapping them loosely in a silken sac roughly 15 mm in diameter, and guarding them inside their funnel-like retreat.
  • The eight eyes, clustered together on a central “mound” on the front of the carapace, sometimes cause the spider to be mistaken for a primitive spider in the suborder Mygalomorphae.
  • Spiderlings of this species are considered “social;” they exhibit sibling recognition, co-operative prey capture and feeding, and formation of aggregations, both after feeding and after dispersal from their mother’s web.
  • Females can live for up to 8 years or more; extremely long-lived for an araneomorph spider. They continue to molt even after they’ve reached sexual maturity.

Featured Pictures

Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Female - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Male - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Female - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Male - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Female - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Female - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Male - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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