Giant House Spider of sorts? - Hogna antelucana
Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico, USA
August 28, 2006
Size: body about 5/8" long
This is some sort of mat weaver I found scurrying across my carpet around 1 in the morning. It bears some resemblance to a species of giant house spider that's very common in these parts, but this one has a much larger abdomen and lacks the prominent black stripes that the other has on its thorax. My initial thought when I saw it was that it might be a hobo spider (T. agrestis), but I dismissed that possibility immediately once I got a close look at it. Any thoughts?