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Spider Photos - Zoropsis spinimana

Zoropsis spinimana is a spider species, belonging to the family Zoropsidae. It is distributed widely in the Mediterranean, but reaches into Russia, and was introduced to the United States, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Males of the spider species Zoropsis spinimana reach a length of about 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in), while females are 15–18 millimetres (0.59–0.71 in) long. This spider looks rather like a wolf spider as its eyes are of the same configuration, but unlike wolf spiders, the eyes of Zoropsis spiders are more spread out along the front third of the cephalothorax. The front body (prosoma) is brownish with broad darker markings. The abdomen (opisthosoma) has median black markings. The legs are mainly a speckled brown color. Spiders of the species can be found on forest edges under rocks and tree bark, where they hunt for prey during the night. Like all Zoropsid spiders, Zoropsis spinimana does not build a web but hunts freely. Since this spider cannot survive in a harsh climate, it often seeks refuge in human habituation and is frequently found in houses where the temperature is milder for it and the food is more abundant. Spiders of the species Zoropsis spinimana are sexually mature in autumn. The females lay eggs in spring, resting in a brood chamber on the cocoon. Despite the fact that this spider is large enough to be intimidating, Zoropsis spinimana is harmless. No spider in this genus is known to be medically important and there are no verified accounts of bites by this spider causing any significant medical problems.

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ZOROPSIS SPINIMANA

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5 November, 2016:
Hi, Is this a wolf spider? I found him in a old plastic garbage container filled w/screws & irrigation piping that I bought at a garage sale here in rural Loomis, CA. The place he was (or she) was in a grassy pasture. Thanks, Jen

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5 November, 2016:
Hi Can you identify this spider for me please.

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Reply: Not really sure about this one, could be zoropsis - glen

7 September, 2016:
Hi, Is this a wolf spider? I found him in a old plastic garbage container filled w/screws & irrigation piping that I bought at a garage sale here in rural Loomis, CA. The place he was (or she) was in a grassy pasture. Thanks, Jen

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Reply: Not really sure about this one either  - glen

7 September, 2016:
Hi Glen, Can you tell me what this spider is? Found in my sink in North Dakota. We've never seen one quite this big in the house before!

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5 April, 2016:
Hi Glen - Any idea what this is? Found inside toilet paper roll in UK.

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3 March, 2016:
Hi! I'm so happy I found your website. I live in San Jose, California, and I found this spider on the wall in my entranceway. It was dark at the time. When I disturbed the spider to put it outside, it moved quickly about 10 inches, then lowered to the floor on a string of silk. It was the size of a 50 cent coin, approximately. My roommates are a little irritated with me because I didn’t kill it, and they think it's probably venomous. Do you know what it is? It's now outside somewhere neat my front door, but I can't find it now. Thank you! Sally

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11 February, 2016:
I've seen a few of these guys waiting outside my door in the evenings... Mariposa, CA 95338

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17 January, 2016:
I found him/her crawling in my garage. Yikes!

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Reply: Both look like Zoropsis Spinimana - glen

17 January, 2016:
Hi Glen, Found your website and was wondering if you could take a look at these. Both of these spiders would found at the same time in the same BBQ cover outside in Cupertino, CA. They are quite large, probably over an inch. Thanks, Kyle

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Reply: Looks like Zoropsis Spinimana - glen

17 January, 2016:
Hello! I came across your site as I am trying to ID a type of spider. We've just moved into a home in the south of France (Toulouse) and have found 3 of these in our first couple of days here. All of them have been indoors. Any ideas on what they might be? Thanks so much!

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Reply: This could be Zoropsis Spinimana, not positive though on this one. It would be good to know where this photo came from. - glen

15 November, 2015:
Spider?

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15 November, 2015:
I found this floating in my pool -what kind is it -diameter is around 2in

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15 November, 2015:
Good afternoon, My 5-year old great nephew learned to take a spider outdoors alive, with the one pictured. He is interested in its name. I have not been able to match the picture. Can you identify the spider for us? The rescue location was in the San Jose, CA area. I hope the photo is clear enough. Thank you. Karen

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15 November, 2015:
Hi i was wondering if u can tell me what kind of spider this is. For the past 3 nights I've probably seen a total of 10. I'm just wondering if they are dangerous. Thank you so much

 

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15 November, 2015:
I saw your website. I am not too good at this. It seems to look like several spiders.

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Reply: This could be Zoropsis Spinimana - glen

15 November, 2015:
Glen, Could we shed some light on what kind of spider this is please? Thank you, Katka

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Reply: This could be Zoropsis Spinimana - glen

15 November, 2015:
I found this spider crawling on my bedroom wall at 4:30 in the morning. I have a 7 month old, so I like to know what this is as this is the second time I seen one in the bedroom and this is larger than the first. Thanks for any help you an provide

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2 January, 2014
Here are some photos of a zoropsis spinimana found in Mountain View, CA submitted by Micah.

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Reply: This could be Zoropsis Spinimana - glen

7 August, 2011:
Hi Glen, Great website. I just came across this spider in an outdoor kitchen sink in Andalucia, Southern Spain. I think I've narrowed it down to either a Wolf Spider or a Fishing Spider (it was about 10m from the swimming pool), but I can't decide which. It has the markings of a Wolf Spider but longer legs than some of the photos on your site. I wonder if you could help satisfy my curiosity? Thanks again, Jay

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23 December, 2011:
Hello Glen, Could you possibly help me identify this spider?? Is it a hobo or wolf cousin? I have recently found three of these large spiders in my home and have never seen anything like them in the 27 years I've lived here. I live in San Jose California (80 miles south of S.F.). Bugs don't creep me out but this one is starting to get on my nerves because if my girlfriend see's one in my house she's gonna blow this joint! They look to have about a about a two inch leg span and their legs break like sticks or kind of like little bones. Creepy little bastards! I kept one in a mayo jar for a while to watch it eat whatever I threw in there (they seem to like flies with their order!) My dog found the first one when she freaked out at something in the blanket on my sofa...the next one I found was up on the crown molding next to the ceiling (these guys like to climb too) and the last one I found in my bathroom on the shower curtain. I don't have the slightest idea how they're getting in or where they're coming from. You are welcomed to share these photos online. The next email I send you will have a great macro shot of the underbelly (large photo file).....you can almost look into this things mouth or comb it's fuzzy belly! Thanks, Tony

Reply: False Wolf Spider (Zoropsidae), I'm not sure which species.  - Laura

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Reply: This could be Zoropsis Spinimana - glen

13 March, 2011:
Hi my name is Krista we live in Califorina and a few nights ago around 11pm i went in and checked on my sleeping 8 and 9 year old boys before i went to bed and to my surprise i found this guy crawling on my younger boys bed. His blankets were touching the floor. I scooped up this bug guy and took a few pics. I compared other pics from the web and he looks like a rucluse. Like I said we are in Califorina how common is this and should i be on the lookout for more? This is the only one I've seen. PLEASE help me if you have any thoughts.

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Reply: This  could be Zoropsis Spinimana  - glen

13 January, 2011:
Hello- We recently found this in our 2nd floor bathroom (it was up against a mirror on the wall), and I was hoping you could tell us what you think it may be, and if we should be wary of any others we may come across. It was found in northern California, USA. It is quite large, almost 2 inches in leg span in its longest direction. The body itself was quite sizable, and rounded, cylindrical and voluminous - not a shallow body like most spiders we have encountered, but a body of real substance. Photos enclosed. Thanks, Matt

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Another Reply: i found a photo of an identical spider in my region (san francisco bay area) on your website under 'misc' identified as a tegenaria but i am 90% sure it is a Zoropsis Spinimana ,a non-native spider. here is an interesting article on the spider:
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74143.html#DOCUMENTING
20 February, 2002
Hi
I found this guy in my bathtub tonight. He is a little bit bigger than a quarter. I live in San Francisco Bay Area, California. Do you know what kind of spider this is?

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