Kukulcania

Kukulcania, a genus of the crevice weaver family contains 15 species as per the May 2019 records. They remain scattered throughout the Americas, particularly in the United States, Chile, and Peru.

Kukulcania Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Southern House (Kukulcania hibernalis) Kukulcania arizonica  Kukulcania bajacali
Kukulcania benitaKukulcania brignoliiKukulcania chingona
Kukulcania cochimiKukulcania geophilaKukulcania gertschi
Kukulcania hurcaKukulcania mexicanaKukulcania santosi
Kukulcania tequila Kukulcania tractansKukulcania utahana

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female spiders have around 0.74 inches (1.8 cm), while males appear smaller.

Scientific Classification

Color: Their color varies from light to dark brown, black to beige.

Other Characteristic Features: Male spiders have more slender bodies than their female counterparts.

Eggs

The tiny round eggs remain loosely wrapped within the silken sac. The female keeps it safely inside the funnel-shaped retreat also guarding them closely.

Spiderlings

In a few species, spiderlings stay close to each other and sometimes collectively hunt prey. They live with their mothers initially but disperse soon upon maturation.

The Web

Either female adult spiders or juveniles create flat webs for catching their prey.

Are Spiders of the Kukulcania Genus Venomous

In certain species males are likely to bite but their venom does not cause any severe effect apart from swelling, alllergies, and localized pain.

Quick Facts

Distribution USA, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Habitat Trees
Diet Beetles, cockroaches, houseflies, and other insects
Lifespan 5-8 years

Did You Know

  • It was first described in 1967 by the Finnish arachnologist, Pekka T. Lehtinen.
  • The genus takes its name after the Mesoamerican serpent goddess, Kukulkan.

Image Credits: bugguide.net

Kukulcania, a genus of the crevice weaver family contains 15 species as per the May 2019 records. They remain scattered throughout the Americas, particularly in the United States, Chile, and Peru.

Kukulcania Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Southern House (Kukulcania hibernalis) Kukulcania arizonica  Kukulcania bajacali
Kukulcania benitaKukulcania brignoliiKukulcania chingona
Kukulcania cochimiKukulcania geophilaKukulcania gertschi
Kukulcania hurcaKukulcania mexicanaKukulcania santosi
Kukulcania tequila Kukulcania tractansKukulcania utahana

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female spiders have around 0.74 inches (1.8 cm), while males appear smaller.

Color: Their color varies from light to dark brown, black to beige.

Other Characteristic Features: Male spiders have more slender bodies than their female counterparts.

Eggs

The tiny round eggs remain loosely wrapped within the silken sac. The female keeps it safely inside the funnel-shaped retreat also guarding them closely.

Spiderlings

In a few species, spiderlings stay close to each other and sometimes collectively hunt prey. They live with their mothers initially but disperse soon upon maturation.

The Web

Either female adult spiders or juveniles create flat webs for catching their prey.

Are Spiders of the Kukulcania Genus Venomous

In certain species males are likely to bite but their venom does not cause any severe effect apart from swelling, alllergies, and localized pain.

Quick Facts

Distribution USA, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Habitat Trees
Diet Beetles, cockroaches, houseflies, and other insects
Lifespan 5-8 years

Did You Know

  • It was first described in 1967 by the Finnish arachnologist, Pekka T. Lehtinen.
  • The genus takes its name after the Mesoamerican serpent goddess, Kukulkan.

Image Credits: bugguide.net

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