Huge lovely female found in my backyard today. Saw it a few feet away from me and thought it was a small tarantula. Yea it was huge. And no it was not dead when I took the picture, as I later found out. . .
Spider was in a stairwell inside a building on the window. It is a female.
Especie. Kukulcania hibernalis (Hentz, 1842).
Adaptación de telaraña en un orificio de una pared, hembra de unos 3-4 cm aprox, acercándose a su presa (hormiga, Fam. Formicidae), opistosoma alargado y ovoidal.
Michael Wall of San Diego Natural History Museum says this is Kukulcania sp. I'd love confirmation.
The crevice weaver spiders (super-family Filistatoidea, family Filistatidae) contain primitive cribellate spiders. They are haplogyne weavers of funnel or tube webs. The family contains 17 genera and more than hundred described species worldwide. One of the most abundant members of this family in the Americas is the Southern house spider (Kukulcania hibernalis). Named after the fierce Meso-American god Kukulkan, the females are large (up to nearly 20 mm) dark-colored spiders and males are light brown, smaller (about...