Sep 4, 2008

Pugilist Spider

Is it spider season? I'm getting bombarded with spider submissions (which is a good thing, people, keep them coming). They seem to be coming out of the woodwork (quite literally in some instances).


Yvonne and her husband encountered this monster on the ceiling of Yvonne's home office. Her husband sat safely on the couch and ten feet away (this scenario has played out in my own household too often), while the brave and intrepid Yvonne took out a deli container and captured it. After taking a few snapshots and firing them off for our viewing pleasure, she released the monster in her back yard, where it will have to contend with tarantulas and Great Danes--and probably win.

Anyone know what kind of spider this is? It looks like a huntsman, but this spider was found in Arizona, US. As Yvonne noticed, it appears to be wearing boxing gloves. Pugilist spider? Mixed Martial Arts Spider? Anyone? Hello?

24 comments:

nonspecific said...

One of these boogers, maybe? Or perhaps these? Hard to tell from those pictures.

JAS said...

OMG - This is why I live in the Frozen North, where 8-legged critters are limited in how big they can get by several months of hellish cold. My head would explode with sheer terror if this little darlin' was on my ceiling. Lemme think... -40F or a humongous spider... hmm, now which one is worse?

Tammy said...

My only comment is...

Why did I click the link to this blog while I was eating?!

*green*

AWB said...

Male Hobo Spider. The "boxing gloves are its "man parts".

angrycuban said...

Personally, I think Pugilistic Spider would be a good name for a band.

Anonymous said...

Be very careful with those, hobos are poisonous spiders. It does look like one.

Jade said...

It's not a hobo spider at all.

This is a huntsman. Heteropoda sp. The boxing gloves are because it's a mature male. Those are the sexual organs.

Great catch! Those guys are really fast.

Anonymous said...

I would rule out a Hobo spider because its legs appear to be banded. Hobos have solid-colored legs.

Huntsman spiders can grow quite large and some species tend to have a leg arrangement much like a crab spider (i.e. the legs seem to sweep forward)

Yvonne Navarro said...

Oh, Jade -- I'm not sure I really needed to know how fast he -could- have been! I just climbed up there and covered him with my trusty half-pound deli container. In reviewing the rest of the pictures at full size, Huntsman it is. We've been using that deli container a lot; last night I deli-captured a nasty desert centipede behind the chair on which I was sitting in the living room. Scary enough, but one of the dogs had her tender pink nose about a quarter inch away from it when I saw her and yanked her backward. What a potential ouch that could have been!

K. Lindeman said...

I have seen FOUR of these in the past week, here in Prescott AZ!!! I've tried to identify them, but no avail- they don't have the markings of a hobo, or the leg positioning of a huntsman. They are a MYSTERY, even to some of my very best spider expert buddies!

niner said...

Ughghghg.... *and other babbling noises*

Remind me not to live in AZ.

sensitivepoet said...

As others have said, definitely not a hobo spider, which don't live in Arizona. Not that identifying spiders from pics, or from markings, is all that reliable (really, you need high magnification, like even a microscope), but it really doesn't look like anything from the Tegenaria genus anyway.

And yes, those "boxing glove" things are the signs of a sexually mature male! He is probably wandering around looking for love. Male spiders frequently have longer legs and a smaller abdomen than females.

Anonymous said...

It looks like a huntsman spider. This is the type of spider that was used in "Arachniphobia"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avondale_spider

Jade said...

anonymous- Huntsman are a type of crab spider.

Yvonne- Why don't you pack up and send me these spiders and centipedes? :)

anonymous- I'm still trying to get a few of those avondale spiders. I've heard they're quite communal and would love to do some experiments with them. I may have a better chance now that I'm in my PhD program :D

Kit said...

OH GOD! It's got pom pom's! *shudders in fear of spiders, and distaste of cheerleaders*

Yvonne Navarro said...

Jade -- Only if I could do it without killing it (and getting arrested by the P.O. police or something). Yes, I'm a bug-hugger. Wait, that so did not sound right...

Jade said...

yvonne- Here's a photo how-to:
http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?t=112800&highlight=how+to+pack

As for the USPS, just ship priority from the electronic kiosk and mark it fragile and perishable. If they ask what it is, I usually tell them it's those little vinyl records (they'll melt in the heat and break if bumped too much). In ten years, I've never had a single issue.

Jade said...

Hit me up on Facebook if you have any more questions:

http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294844019

niner said...

All this talk of mailing nasties is reminding me about "Toy & Jellies".

MollySue;) said...

Sweet Vishnu with a side of potato salad! You are a braver woman than I. Kit: oh, now you've gone and given me arachnopompom nightmares! As if my lingering teenage fear and loathing of cheerleaders wasn't enough. Ugly overloading all over.

Anonymous said...

I found one of these suckers in my own home about a month ago.

You have a CAMEL SPIDER, native to Arizona. Google it and these spiders will come up. They're not poisonous, just scary and nasty to look at! But they can run 10 mph and jump too!

Anonymous said...

That is a desert crab spider. They are everywhere down here in AZ.

Kaylee said...

My husband and I found one of these on our ceiling, fast, and ugly. We live in southeastern arizona. Sierra vista. During the summer especially. We see tons of them!!!

Anonymous said...

YUCK i saw one of these at patagonia in az, been trying to found out what it is ever since http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1399720003578&set=a.1399493757922.2052879.1549640435&pid=30884446&id=1549640435