Spider Identification Guide – Spiders.us

After taking some spider photos, I wanted to know what some of the little beasties are, so the boyfriend went looking for info and came across this brilliant diagram that helps key out spiders to their family based on their eye configuration from Spiders.us .  I love this!

Drawings of the eye arrangements of a few spider families

  1. Family Lycosidae – the Wolf Spiders
  2. Family Salticidae – the Jumping Spiders
  3. Family Salticidae, genus Lyssomanes – the Magnolia Green Jumpers
  4. Family Araneidae – the Orbweavers
  5. Family Pisauridae, genus Dolomedes – the Fishing Spiders
  6. Family Pisauridae, genus Pisaurina – the Nursery Web Spiders
  7. Family Ctenidae – the Wandering Spiders
  8. Family Oxyopidae – the Lynx Spiders
  9. Family Philodromidae – the Running Crab Spiders
  10. Family Dysderidae – the Woodlouse Hunters
  11. Family Tetragnathidae, genus Tetragnatha – the Longjawed Orbweavers
  12. Family Thomisidae, genus Xysticus – the Ground Crab Spiders
  13. Family Agelenidae, genus Tegenaria – the Funnel Weavers
  14. Family Agelenidae, genus Agelenopsis – the Grass Spiders (aka Funnel Weavers)
  15. Family Selenopidae, genus Selenops – the Flatties (aka Crab Spiders)
  16. Family Sparassidae, genus Heteropoda – the Huntsman (aka Giant Crab Spiders)
  17. Family Sparassidae, genus Olios – Giant Crab Spiders (aka Huntsman)
  18. Family Sicariidae, genus Loxosceles – the Brown Spiders (includes the Brown Recluse)
  19. Family Uloboridae, genus Hyptiotes – the Triangle Weavers
  20. Family Zoropsidae, species Zoropsis spinimana – the False Wolf Spider
  21. Family Deinopidae, species Deinopis spinosa – the Net-casting Spider (aka Ogre-faced Spider); note that the four other eyes are not visible from the front.
  22. Family Diguetidae, genus Diguetia – the Desertshrub Spiders
  23. Family Antrodiaetidae, genus Antrodiaetus – the Folding-door Spiders (aka Turret Spiders); these are primitive spiders (mygalomorphs).
  24. Family Segestriidae – the Tube Web Spiders
  25. Family Scytotidae – the Spitting Spiders

via Spider Identification Guide – Spiders.us.

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2 responses to “Spider Identification Guide – Spiders.us

  • Paige Pooky-bear Forrest

    i have a spider in a container its a reddish brown colour with tips of the legs black, the position of the eyes are 16 or 17 but fangs are i think a 17 or 18 and just wanting to know what it is?

    • micheletobias

      I wish I knew more about spiders so I could help you. I reposted that identification chart from another website and linked to the original source. You might take a look at the original source and see if they have some more information. I’ve had luck sometimes doing a google image search with a description of the spider. If you find an image that matches your spider, the site it comes from might have the name. You could also take photo and email it to a natural history museum.

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