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Can Anyone Identify This Spider?  
User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1467 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6150 times:

I found this spider in my bathroom sink today it looks like a Brown Recluse but I know that they are sometimes misidentified. Another thing is they're not native to Southern California not to say they haven't been spotted.

http://picasaweb.google.com/Jane9191...8_13?authkey=Gv1sRgCNmFj_6Y7IWwaQ#

Regards Mike

[Edited 2009-08-13 14:29:42]

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User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

You should see the spider I saw out in the garden earlier...




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User currently offlineSaturnv From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

It looks like a Hobo Spider. Very bad bite if you get one. They like to come indoors in the later summer months, or so it seems.

User currently offlineMeta From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6093 times:

 Wow!
How big was that thing in real life??? It looks huge from the picture and very scary....


User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6079 times:

It does look similar to a Brown Recluse, except for three things:
1. Brown Recluses have a distinctive pattern on their thorax that most often resembles a violin in shape.
2. Brown Recluses (the ones I've seen, anyway) tend to have an abdomen that is somewhat lighter in color than the rest of their body.
3. The rear legs of a Brown Recluse are proportionately somewhat longer than those of the pictured spider.

Here's a pic-



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6070 times:



Quoting Saturnv (Reply 2):
It looks like a Hobo Spider. Very bad bite if you get one. They like to come indoors in the later summer months, or so it seems.

Some of the pictures on the net look like the hobo a little, from what I read though there have been no documented cases in Southern Cal. There have been a few sightings of Brown Recluses from shipping, people bringing them in from Mexico. I also seen there are Desert Recluses close by.

Quoting LHRjc (Reply 1):
You should see the spider I saw out in the garden earlier...

 laughing 

Quoting Meta (Reply 3):
How big was that thing in real life??? It looks huge from the picture and very scary....

The diameter reaches the size of a quarter leg to other leg although these new pics I just took make the spider much darker.
http://picasaweb.google.com/Jane9191...CNmFj_6Y7IWwaQ#5369589747806154898

http://picasaweb.google.com/Jane9191...CNmFj_6Y7IWwaQ#5369589757463389650

Quoting TSS (Reply 4):
It does look similar to a Brown Recluse, except for three things:
1. Brown Recluses have a distinctive pattern on their thorax that most often resembles a violin in shape.
2. Brown Recluses (the ones I've seen, anyway) tend to have an abdomen that is somewhat lighter in color than the rest of their body.
3. The rear legs of a Brown Recluse are proportionately somewhat longer than those of the pictured spider.

Here's a pic-

I seen that earlier. There are some pics that make the spider I found look really close and others like the one you found.

Mike


User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5957 times:



Quoting LHRjc (Reply 1):
You should see the spider I saw out in the garden earlier...

awesome! A spider that wears jeans and boots! Very Unusual!  Wink



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User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

I had a spider scare about a year ago ... I was going to sleep and thought I felt something light move by my hand, but assumed it was just air or a mosquito or something, so I moved my hand a few inches away. then I felt it again! I literally jumped out of bed, turned on a light, and found a huge spider crawling on my sheets! I hate spiders (even though I know they are good for houses since they kill other insects and generally keep to themselves, but they give me the creeps). So I killed it and spent the next hour combing the internet for photos to compare it to known poisonous species to determine if it matched any of them. Luckily, it looked very much like a typical house spider:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda_grossa

Which is probably what you ran into as well.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Steatoda.grossa.jpg



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