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Giant black and white spider in Pacific Northwest

I huge spider crawled in when I opened the door today. I have never seen anything like it in Oregon. It was fat, and very dark black and had a distinctive bright white mark on its back. I would say it's whole body was about and inch to an inch and a half. I shooed it outside and hoped to get a picture of it out there, but it hid in a crack near the door and I couldn't find it again. The closest thing it looked like was a black widow, but it had shorter, fatter legs and the mark on its back was definitely white. Does anyone know what it could have been?

Black spider white mark
I'd guess you saw a jumping spider, Phiddipus audax. Did it look like this



If so, don't worry they are harmless.

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