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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 ¬©

  Tengellid Spider  
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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.

Picture of the Tengellid Spider
Picture of the Tengellid Spider

Tengellid Spider Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length):
Identifying Colors:
Additional Descriptors: large, velvet, hairy, biting, venomous, recluse

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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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