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Tengellid Spider (Titiotus spp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Tengellid Spider

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

Updated: 01/06/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 head. The upper part of the body and its legs are dark brown. The abdomen is a lighter shade of brown.

Little is recorded regarding this genus of spiders beyond its taxonomic classification. 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. ©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

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

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Titiotus spp.
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39" to 0.59")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: large; velvet; hairy; biting; venomous; recluse

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 15mm (0.6in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 12.5mm
Hi: 15mm

Territorial Map*

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Tengellid Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Tengellid Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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