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What kind of spider is this?

Asked by Spargett (5362points) May 14th, 2008


I just moved to Sacramento, and I’ve prob killed about 6–7 of these in the past few weeks. This one was crawling across my bed. Just curious if anyone is able to identify it. I’d like to know what I’m up against.

They’re about 1/2” – 3/4” in diameter.

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elchoopanebre's avatar

I don’t know but I’m pretty sure I see those outside (or in my house) all the time.

ccatron's avatar

dude, it almost looks like a brown recluse, which is very dangerous, but they don’t exist in California…supposedly…here’s some more info I found on another website..

Ubiquitous Brown Spiders
Virtually every spider that is tan or brown has been turned in as a potential brown recluse. There are hundreds of species of these spiders in California. They include ground spiders (Gnaphosidae), sac spiders (Cheiracanthium spp., Trachelas spp.), wolf spiders (Lycosidae), grass spiders (Agelenidae), orb weavers (Araneidae), and male crevice spiders (Filistatidae). More specifically, males of both the western black widow (Latrodectus hesperus) and the false black widow (Steatoda grossa) are frequently brought in for recluse verification. One of the most common submissions as brown recluses are spiders in the genus Titiotus, which are found just north of Los Angeles, through central California to Redding and are commonly found in redwood forests. Titiotus spiders have a hair pattern that gives the impression of a violin and its coloration is similar to that of a brown recluse. All of these brown spiders have eight eyes and can quickly be eliminated from consideration.” quote

Dog's avatar

It is not a brown recluse. It does not have the violin shape on it.

peedub's avatar

Clearly it’s a Neil Young.

delirium's avatar

If you REALLY really want to know and no one here can tell you, one of our close family friends is an excellent and reputable entomologist. I’ve already got a few bugs i’m sending him in a day or so, I could add this to the pile.

tekn0lust's avatar

Might be a kind of wolf spider. Can you see the eye configuration?

marinelife's avatar

It was really hard to tell from the crumpled body. Aghh! Arachnophobe here. So, you are wondering why look? Can’t help it.

Umm, I think you cannot unless you are a spider expert rule out some type of recluse spider. The others do not have a prominent markings. See this reference and scroll down t the second image.

It is not something you want to fool around with—spider bites can be very bad.

sccrowell's avatar

If there is an Orange Hourglass on the underside, it is a Brown Widow and more toxic than a Black Widow. And no, I don’t mean Brown Recluse. Although their bite can be just as bad if not worse.

sccrowell's avatar

Oh yeah! Forgot to mention! Their so called joints (where the legs bend) the color is almost black in color or a dark dark brown. I’d send you link, but I’m on my iPhone. Sorry, you’ll have to google it, Spargett!

pattyb's avatar

bring to an exterminator , make sure it is not a brown recluse. Google it and compare pics.

DeezerQueue's avatar

Is there any chance that you can get a better picture, spread out the legs and most specifically any markings that it may have? Maybe just straight down on it with the camera, not from an angle.

XCNuse's avatar

I thought it was a wolf spider too, because that’s what I come across every now and then (not often..) in my basement at home (although it’s actually a well used and furnished basement), I see those spiders in everyone’s home, they aren’t uncommon.

I was always told they were wolf spiders atleast…
google images doesn’t think so but maybe people on google that tag images don’t know what a wolf spider is

Spargett's avatar

I disposed of the body after taking the photo. So I can’t help you with more images right now.

I really don’t think its a wolf spider. Those look far too “beefy” compared to the spiders I’ve been killing. I really hope it isn’t, but it looks closest to the brown recluse right now. Apparently a brown recluse only has 6 eyes instead of 8, so I’ll make sure to take better photos if I see another one, and count the eyes.

Scary nonetheless.

DeezerQueue's avatar

I read an article that stated emphatically that there are no brown recluse spiders in California.

Frustrating, though, not knowing. But I don’t think you’re in any real danger.

Spargett's avatar


Here is a map showing the expansion of the brown recluse well into Northern California.

Taken from

DeezerQueue's avatar

@Spargett Thanks for posting that. I had read on about three different sites that it didn’t roam that far. I guess for public safety they either need to remove or update them.

Look forward to some new photos though, that should help in trying to figure out exactly what it is.

Horus515's avatar

It looks like a brown recluse, but is probably just an Arizona Brown Spider.

If you add 1 oz of liguid Pennyroyal to 1 gallon of water and spray it where the spiders are they will never be back.

msnekarae's avatar

I am also in Sacramento and I keep finding the same brown spider in various sizes. YIKES maybe there’s a nest. I think I am going to try the Pennyroyal as suggested. Here is another site that might be helpful:
Hope this helps

TrojanTommy's avatar

Hiya! Looks like a tengellidae—a common type of house spider that nobody (who doesn’t live in their mom’s basement) really knows much about. 99% positive it isn’t a recluse (can’t count the eyes). No threat to you…just big, creepy, and hunting other critters on your bed.

xmentalriotx's avatar

Family Tengellidae, Genus Titiotus. :) Not a brown recluse!

karidawn2000's avatar

This website about spiders is reputable a web site at UC Berkley… I’ve found several too. by the way its not a brown recluse. but brown recluse ARE in california.

Anachemmis spp. and Titiotus spp.
Family Tengellidae

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