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Species Herpyllus propinquus - Western Parson Spider

Bathroom Spider - Herpyllus propinquus Parson Spider - Herpyllus propinquus Las Vegas Nevada 12am Crawling along bedroom wall easily seen spinnerettes pink stripe length of body thick black hairs on legs - Herpyllus propinquus Spider - Herpyllus propinquus Ground Spider? - Herpyllus propinquus Indoor spider - Herpyllus propinquus spider 5.6.17 - Herpyllus propinquus Bathtub spider 2.23.20 , Missoula, Montana,  - Herpyllus propinquus - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Gnaphosidae (Ground Spiders)
Genus Herpyllus
Species propinquus (Western Parson Spider)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
The common name refers to the white dorsal stripe on the abdomen, which resembles a cravat worn by a parson or minister during the 1800's (Guarisco, 2007).
Identification
H. propinquus is basically identical in appearance to H. ecclesiasticus, and examination of reproductive organs is needed for positive identification.
Range
H. propinquus generally occur west of the Rocky Mountains, although range overlaps with H. ecclesiasticus in several states.

The localities listed below are from frassed images only and do not represent the full extent of this species range:
Alturas, Modoc County, California
Print References
Checklist of Kansas Ground Spiders
The Kansas School Naturalist, Vol. 55 Dec. 2007
by Hank Guarisco

Revision of the Spider Genera Herpyllus and Scotophaeus (Araneae, Gnaphosidae) in North America
Norman I. Platnick and Mohammad U. Shadab
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Volume 159: Article 1
New York: 1977