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 Tengellid Spiders

 The tengellid spiders (family Tengellidae) include eight genera and a little over 30 species worldwide. The family is confined to the New World, with two monotypic genera occurring in Madagascar and New Zealand, respectively. Like most spiders, they have eight eyes. The characters defining the family are technical and there are still some disagreements as to its size and placement within spider classification. According to Griswold (1993), the family is polyphyletic. This is another of the families removed from the catchall family Clubionidae over the last 20 or so years..

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Tengellids are relatively large spiders with long and relatively stout legs; their key shared characters are difficult to see without a microscope (Bradley 2013). They are ground-dwelling spiders that hide under rocks and debris during the day, emerging to wander and hunt at night. They are found largely in forests, living around rock outcrops and in thick leaf litter, but are often found in caves as well. Specimens have been collected wandering on the ground at night, under rocks, and especially in pitfall traps. Egg sacs may be attached to the substrate and guarded by the female (Lauricius) or suspended from a thread (Titiotus). (Ubick and Richman 2005)

Reply: A good example of a tengellid spider, the photo is linked to the photographer's original on Flickr - glen

10 July, 2014 :
Hi Glen, I found your spider site this morning, and was wondering if you could tell us a bit about this very big one found by a local photographer: Is it poisonous? Where does it like to live? Your answer would be used in our Ask the Naturalist online feature for this week's Halloween question! Thanks in advance for any guidance on this fearsome-looking arachnid.  - Beth Slatkin Marketing & Outreach Director



Reply: Maybe one of the tengellid species, not sure - glen

10 July, 2014 :
Please Identify. Thanks so much



Reply: The closest I can come up with is maybe one  of the tengellid sp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tengellidae - glen

1 April, 2014:
Hi Glen, Wasn't quite sure where to submit pictures. Found this gal on my wall months back. What threw me off, however, was the sheer SIZE of this monster. It screams recluse, but, I would say a GOOD three inches with legs and I've not seen any much larger than a quarter (this thing was larger than a silver dollar!!!) I was too afraid to scale it in fear it would run off and come across my three year old. Hoping you can help!!! I live in the Central Coast of California, USA.



10 August, 2013 :
Is this picture more conclusive? Body is 2 cm + and the total length is just over 5 cm. Thank you very much Clay


16 June, 2013:
Hello, Can you tell me what this spider is? Found in my home near Prather California. Third found in house. No webs just spider hiding out. Thanks, Donne'e