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Unidentified Spider Photos 2017

Disclaimer: Replies that I publish are done so with no guarantee of authenticity or validity. Please DO NOT rely on identifications from any other than an official source like a Museum or entomologist. Furthermore, where a spider is described as  "not dangerous" does not mean that it doesn't bite or cause a reaction. Any spider can bite and some people react differently to others, so it's best to treat all spiders with caution. That doesn't mean of course, going around killing them!!! Leave them alone and they will leave you alone - we are NOT spider prey and they don't jump in out mouths while we are asleep or attack unprovoked! Most countries only have one or two spiders that are considered really dangerous to humans, there are thousands of spiders that aren't!!

Here's some photos sent in by viewers. Many thanks for allowing me to use these photos. PLEASE ONLY SEND IN CLEAR PHOTOS AND PREFERABLY THE TOP VIEW OR I CANNOT ID IT FOR YOU!!!  IT IS ALSO HELPFUL IF YOU INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE, WHERE YOU FOUND THE SPIDER e.g. INSIDE OR OUTSIDE AND IF IT HAD A WEB OR NOT. I'm getting lots of mobile phone pics and many are just wasting my time and yours as I can't see any details in them!! All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. If anyone can help with identifying those that people have asked about, please email me so I can pass the info on. I have made 2 pages - Common spiders Australia and Common spiders USA, where you might see your spider if you are in Australia or USA. Please check this out before emailing me. Click here for a map showing the location of some of the dangerous spiders found in the USA. Rick Vetter has put out a great guide for identifying hobo spiders which is one of the common dangerous spiders in the US. Click here.

If you are in Queensland, you could try the Qld Museum's identifying spiders page. It's great! A new page is the Brisbane Insect and Spiders page. Another site to identify spiders from is Bug Guide which has some nice photos of American spiders on it and a new one I just found from Cirrus on Common American spiders, which has lots of photos. for European ones try Ed Nieuwenhuys' pages. This page has some spiders from South Africa as I seem to be getting more requests from that part of the world. Another new page is the Find a Spider Guide Page  from the University of Southern Queensland. Many thanks to Richard Adams, Paul Day, Nathan Hepworth, Brian Post and Josh Hillman, FloridaNature.org for their many identifications. Please choose a section below.
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Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black & Brown House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Dew Drop Spiders Fishing Spiders
Funnel Web (Aus) Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers
Ghost Spider Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers
Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers
Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders
Jumping Spiders Lace Web  Spiders Ladybird Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena Mouse Spiders
Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders
Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion
Purseweb Spider Red & Black Spiders Redback Spiders
Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders Running Crab Spiders Scorpion Spiders
Segestria Florentina Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders
Spider Tats Spitting Spiders Steatoda
Tailless Whip Scorpions Tarantulas Tengellid Spiders
Titiotus (Recluse look alike) Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider
Two Spined Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders
White Tailed Spider Widow Spiders Wolf Spiders
Woodlouse Hunters

Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders

Zoropsis spinimana
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Reply: Maybe one of the steatoda but he purple legs are different!! - glen

22 January, 2017:
Hello, I've been searching and searching, attempting to properly identify this creepy creature, but I don't trust my own diagnosis. I'm concerned bc this is the THIRD of his kind and I'm finding them in my children's bedroom, so far, each time, in my oldest son's dresser drawer, always in with his jeans. I've pulled out the dresser, found nothing. I'm afraid to search too much, that's a job for dad to do, TONIGHT. I'm afraid one of my kids will get bit, or possibly eaten. Tho this guy isn't very big, I know better than to underestimate any creature w that many legs. I've attached a couple pics, tho the one that's blown hope has lost its quality, however once blown up, showed markings not seen by the naked eye. Will somebody PLEASE identify this ugly thing for me so I can get info and find out if it's venomous?? As well as everything else I need to know to protect my kids..... Thankyou so much. I look forward to a reply!!! 😲 ~B~

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Reply: This looks very similar to the spider below - Neoscona sp!! - glen

16 February, 2017:
Hello, I found this spider here where I live on a shack in the woods. I live in Baguio City, Philippines. I've tried looking up this spider in many ways. The body seems like perhaps an orb weaver of some kind. But the hard plate top makes me think of the crab spiders. I've never seen markings like this. Any ideas? -- David


Reply: Not sure if this is a spider, could be some sort of insect, really not sure - glen

22 January, 2017:
I was on a walk tonight when I found this thing- the more I look at it, the less sure I am that's it's a spider and not some weird plant debris. But there were no plants nearby [it was the middle of a big stripmall/parking lot] and this was the only thing lying on the sidewalk. since there was no other plant matter nearby, I keep feeling like it must've been a spider! I was too scared to investigate any closer than this picture though. we live on the east coast of the united states

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Reply: Have identified this one as Neoscona sp SEMARAK - glen

 22 January, 2017:
Hello Glen. I am Awan from Malaysia. I came across this spider while I am outside, walking in the palm tree plantation. It is so small like maybe 6 - 10mm in diameter. It has no web. It was rested on a leaf when I found it. Is it a spider that jumping around to get its meal? I really hope you can identified this spider. Thank you.

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Reply: Not sure about this one, looks a bit like a ghost spider - glen

7 January, 2017:
Hi, We've been in Botswana well over a year, and this is the first time we've seen this spider. It is on the back of a garden chair. Sorry it's a bit fuzzy, my camera doesn't do good macro, so I had to crop it heavily. Would you have any idea what kind of spider this might be? Thanks for any info, Myra