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Male Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis

Male Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis Vicky Bertagnolli, ©2020, Clemson Extension

Male Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis
Vicky Bertagnolli, ©2020, Clemson Extension

Kukulcania hibernalis are readily found throughout the southern United States. The male Kukulcania hibernalis is often mistaken for a brown recluse, Loxosceles reclusa, due to similar coloring and general overall shape. Some distinguishing characteristics include

  1. The male Kukulcania hibernalis is generally larger than Loxosceles reclusa.
  2. The male Kukulcania hibernalis have much longer legs and palpi (mouthparts) than the Loxosceles reclusa.
  3. The Kukulcania hibernalis have eight eyes rather than the six eyes possessed by Loxosceles reclusa.

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