Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) 081008 pg 3

Southern House Spider (Kukulcania) female, Neal W, TX, corpusThe photo on the right is of the spider photographed by Neal W.  He sent me the photo on August 10, 2008, with the simple question "Is this a brown recluse?" My answer was no, it's a female southern house spider, and that was the last I heard of Neal. Later I realized he had not mentioned where the photo was taken, but my inquiry about the location was not answered. Most likely it was somewhere in Texas, as most of the spider photos I receive come from a Texas location.  Back to the thread that ended on the last page, the closets that these spiders tend to build webs in are mostly those with doors that open to the outside. Nursing homes, hospitals, and other commercial facilities tend to have many such closets, primarily for A/C and water heaters. If you see a crevice web in a closet, watch carefully for a few minutes; the female may come out to look before scampering back inside the wall. Kukulcania (established in 1967 by Lehtinen, who loved to create names from the mythologies of the world) derives from the Mayan figure Kukulcan, one of three great Mayan cultural heroes, and means "plumed serpent." Kukulcan was the Mayan analog to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. (see Ubick et al, [2005], pg. 300-1 for additional details). Note the cribellate silk, which is a good marker for this species ----FINIS---- PAGE MENU:   1  *  2  *  3  *

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