Tengellid Spider (Titiotus spp.)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Tengellid Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 8/27/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Tengellid Spiders looks similar to Brown Recluse Spiders, but lack the violin-shaped mark on the thorax.
The spiders in the Tengellidae family are mostly found in Mexico, but sometimes also in the bordering U.S. states. Many of the species are Neo-tropical, meaning they mostly reside in the plateaus of Mexico and east and southward into Central and South America. They are sometimes mistaken for a Brown Recluse in the U.S. states as they share similar colored bodies. Tengellid Spiders, however, lack that tell-tale 'birthmark' that all Brown Recluses have: the dark fiddle on the middle part of the spider's body.
Little is recorded regarding this genus of spiders beyond the taxonomic classification of it. One study of a particular species found in Costa Rica believed that it did not capture insect prey very often for its size. As for bites from these spiders, little documentation is available to date.