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  • Tengellid Spider - (Titiotus spp.)

    Tengellid Spider - (Titiotus spp.)

    Tengellid Spiders looks similar to Brown Recluse Spiders, but lack the violin-shaped mark on the thorax.

    Staff Writer (8/27/2014): 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.

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    Tengellid Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Tengellid Spider
    Scientific Name: Titiotus spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Tengellidae
           Genus: Titiotus
            Species: spp.

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    Additional Descriptors: large, velvet, hairy, biting, venomous, recluse

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; New Mexico; Texas; Mexico

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