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Super Fast Tiny Spider (ID)

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Godzirra, May 14, 2009.

  1. Godzirra

    Godzirra Arachnobaron

    It was in my kitchen, i saw it in the corner of my eye. I grabbed a wine glass and tried to cup it, but it was so crazy fast. I mean fast...........holy crap creepy movement fast.
    It even jumped a good 10inches or so. Then just before it tried to escape into my drain, i was able to cup it.
  2. Yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium sp.) , I'm pretty sure.

    These little bastages are notorious biters.
  3. Moltar

    Moltar ArachnoGod

    Wow, cool looking little guy. Don't they have somewhat powerful venom?
  4. jsloan

    jsloan Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Clubionidae of some kind, perhaps, as in Clubiona sp.? So many of these spiders look alike ... I don't think it's Cheiracanthium sp (Miturgidae), though. Legs don't look right to me.
  5. TheDarkInfinity

    TheDarkInfinity Arachnopeon

    I am going to go with, Clubiona stagnatilis. Only because the pedipalps look more like the Clubiona stagnatilis then Cheiracanthium sp. But they do look very close.
  6. Bastian Drolshagen

    Bastian Drolshagen Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I agree with jsloan (again^^): Clubonidae, most likely a Clubonia sp.

    As you can see from the first picture the specimen is not adult, and therefore impossible to ID to species level!
  7. jsloan

    jsloan Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I'd need to see a lot more detail of the palps before coming up with a species ID. What features are you looking at?

    Anyway, according to both The Nearctic Spider Database and Platnick, Clubiona stagnatilis is not found in North America. It's a Palearctic species.

  8. TheDarkInfinity

    TheDarkInfinity Arachnopeon

    Actually I didn't even look at the range for the species...lol. I was basing my thoughts on the palps, size, and the coloration of the spider. The palps on the Cheiracanthium are continually narrow at the distal end. The palps on the Clubiona get thicker at the distal end. For the species I was truthfully just looking at the color. So species wise probably not c. stagnatilis.:eek:

    Last edited: May 15, 2009
  9. The Snark

    The Snark Abby Normal Old Timer

    When requesting the identity of an animal it is helpful to provide the location. Also try to take into account if it might be an imported transient.

    In the case of this spider it may be so young it hasn't yet developed normal adult attributes and extremely difficult to identify. Many species of arachs when young have a built in 'fright and flight' and run much faster than an adult would.
  10. Hamburglar

    Hamburglar Arachnobaron

    I found a spider like this one in my house a couple nights ago. It appeared to be a mature male to me. I live in north eastern Oklahoma. Could it possibly be the same?
  11. edesign

    edesign My arachnids can beat up your arachnids Old Timer

    Yes, yellow sac spider bites are often confused with brown recluse bites as some people have severe reactions to the venom and are also much more common than the recluse.
  12. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i still want someone to send me 50 yellow sacs so i can have all 50 bite me, if need be, to try to provoke an interesting response

    i just don't think they are all that big of a deal venom wise
  13. edesign

    edesign My arachnids can beat up your arachnids Old Timer

    From what I have read they aren't to most people but as with recluses some people react quite badly to them *shrugs* Their bites are much more common though which is why there are more reports about their venom being "strong". Most people will just develop the typical red spot with localized itching.
  14. jsloan

    jsloan Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I've been dpoing some more checking. First, I'm sure the spider in this thread is not a yellow sac spider. There is a tapetum in the PME of this spider (gives them that silverish, mirrored look) which I don't think the sac spider has. Also, given that the AME appear to be larger than the ALE, and looking at the spinnerets, I wouldn't rule out Gnaphosidae at this point. A better picture of the eyes and spinnerets would help.
  15. pandinus

    pandinus Arachnoking Old Timer

    that may be a matter of range because i have yet to see a sac spider in the flesh, but most houses in my area are swarming with recluses. i run into 10 a day minimum during the summer in my basement

  16. edesign

    edesign My arachnids can beat up your arachnids Old Timer

    You're probably right...I had read a medical article of sorts about yellow sac spider bites vs recluse bites in NY (I think it was NY) and it said that yellow sacs were very prevalent in many households but most people were unaware of the potential problems from a bite and thus many medical facilities often blamed a recluse for what was probably a bad sac spider (hobo spider) bite. That was a few years ago, doubt I could find it again without some serious digging.
  17. jsloan

    jsloan Arachnoangel Old Timer

    A "sac spider" and "hobo spider" are different spiders.
  18. edesign

    edesign My arachnids can beat up your arachnids Old Timer

  19. Godzirra

    Godzirra Arachnobaron

    You know when making this topic i thought i did mention where i was.
    I live in West Virginia, Greenbrier to be more precise.

    Today i found another one when getting out of the shower - i shook my clothing and there fell one, it was slow and obviously injured.

    I'll take a picture of it.
  20. Godzirra

    Godzirra Arachnobaron

    like one user suggested, after looking through google images, it definitely is a Clubionidae sp.

    these are shots of the first spider, the new shots of another clubionidae i can't upload right now