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Please Help.  Must know if this species of spider is venomous for the saftey of myself and animals. - Kukulcania - male

Please Help. Must know if this species of spider is venomous for the saftey of myself and animals. - Kukulcania - Male
Pahrump, ~60 mi nw of Las Vegas and ~6 mi east of the California border, Nye County, Nevada, USA
May 12, 2009
Size: approximately 2 1/2 inch
I do not believe this to be a recluse. The eye locations are not correct. I can not find any information or matching descriptions online. I own several reptiles and a dog. I really need to know if this is a venomous species for the safety of my animals and myself and girlfriend. The image should zoom quite well. It would have been better if the site would have let it me upload the full image.

Moved
Moved from Kukulcania.

Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis)
Good for you for looking at the eye arrangement. These spiders do look very similar to the recluse spiders except for the eyes and the pedipalps. See this image. The Southern House Spider is harmless.

 
Based on the location, wouldn
Based on the location, wouldnt K. arizonica be more likely?

 
You may be right
I wish I had a range map for these. I know Kukulcania hibernalis is found as far west as Texas, but I don't know if it is found farther west than that. K. arizonica is definitely found in Arizona, but the images we have don't look like this, so I'd like to see one that is comparable.

 
Thank You
It is definitely the Kukulcania hibernalis. The arizonica, although geographically more likely, does not seem to be what I found. Good work. Well Lynette, I'm in southern Nevada six miles from the California border, that would be a case significantly farther west than Texas. Thank you for your response. I feel much better knowing what it is. Sorry if this is inappropriate but the next one I find will meet the end of one of my chameleons long tongues. It would probably be a tasty treat for one of the big ones. Thanks again.
p.s. I have a few more pictures if you need or would like them. They are not much different than what I have posted but the angles show different parts of the body.

 
Thanks for the offer
I don't think we need any more images. I did find a reference to the species found in NM. Both Kukulcania arizonica & Kukulcania hibernalis are found in AZ, NM, W TX (they don't mention NV). I'm not sure that they also both have the brown and the black forms. The female is the black one and the male is the brown one. This means it really could be either one of these. I'll move it to the genus page for now.

Don't Worry
Although almost all spiders are venomous to some degree, there are very few which could be described as dangerous: one would expect local pain and minor swelling like a bee sting, with no permanent effects.

In your area, the only serious threats are Black Widows and the local Recluse relative, and bites from those are exceedingly rare. With the Recluse and relatives, most bites that do occur are minor and quickly healed- only a few are at all threatening to life or health.

Except for those who are allergic or otherwise unusually sensitive, spider bites are way, way down the list of things to worry about.

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