Spiders in El Salvador

Do you want to know the different spider species you can possibly encounter in El Salvador? If yes, then you must read this article up to the end. El Salvador has a remarkable diversity of spiders. It is important to note that some of these spider species are completely harmless while others are highly venomous and their bite cannot only be painful, but also necrotizing; more so if you are allergic to spider venom.

Spiders in El Salvador

Spiders in El Salvador Identification Chart

Common Spiders in El Salvador

Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis)Silver Garden Orb Weaver Spiders (Argiope argentata)Arrowhead Orb Weaver Spiders (Verrucosa arenata)
Pretty Orbweaver (Eriophora nephiloides)

Biggest Spiders in El Salvador

Tiger Bromeliad Spider (Cupiennius salei) also known as Large Wandering Spider and American Wandering SpiderCosta Rican Blue Front Tarantula (Aphonopelma crinirufum)Guatemalan Tiger Rumped Tarantula (Davus pentaloris)
Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes)Pantropical Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda venatoria)

Most Venomous Spiders

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

Female Brown Widow Spider Brown Widow (Latrodectus geometricus) - The Brown Widow Spider is a cool spider that belongs to the cobweb spiders family. Some people know more about its cousin, the Black Widow, but the Brown Widow has its own interesting story.… Continue Reading >

Widow Spider Widow (Latrodectus) - Meet the Latrodectus spiders, often known as true widows! They're part of the cobweb spider family. By July 2017, there were 31 types of them, living everywhere except Antarctica.… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Lynx Family

The Green Lynx Spider Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans) - The Green Lynx is a big, bright green spider that lives in some areas of the Americas. Sometimes people mix it up with other similar-looking spiders from Africa and India such as Peucetia.… Continue Reading >

Jumping Spiders

Paraphidippus Aurantius Emerald Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) - Discover the emerald jumping spider, also known as Paraphidippus aurantius. Found everywhere from the United States to Panama and even the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, these spiders stand out due to their size, being notably larger than many other jumping spiders.… Continue Reading >

Gray Wall Jumping Spider Gray Wall Jumping (Menemerus bivittatus) - Did you know there's a spider called the Gray wall jumper? It belongs to the Salticidae family and is found in warm tropical places in both the north and south.… Continue Reading >

  • Sylvan Jumping Spider – Colonus sylvanus

Orb Weavers

Tropical Orb Weaver Spider Tropical Orb-weaver (Eriophora ravilla) - The tropical orb-weaver is a fascinating spider from the Eriophora genus, part of the Araneidae family. You'll often find it in many areas of the United States.… Continue Reading >

Western Spotted Orbweaver Western Spotted Orbweaver Spider (Neoscona oaxacensis) - Discover the world of the western spotted orb weaver spider! This fascinating creature belongs to the orb weaver spiders family and calls the Americas its home.… Continue Reading >

Arrow-Shaped Micrathena Arrow-shaped Micrathena (Micrathena sagittata) - The Arrow-shaped micrathena spider has a unique arrow-shaped tummy, which is why it's named that way! This spider is part of the orb-weaver family and lives mainly in the eastern United States and Central America.… Continue Reading >

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver Spider Golden Silk Orb-Weaver (Nephila) - Have you ever seen a spider's web that shines like gold? Meet the Golden Silk Orb-Weaver! With 23 different types living around the world, they're known for their special golden webs.… Continue Reading >

Gasteracantha Cancriformis Spider Spinybacked Orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis) - Discover the spiny-backed orb-weaver, a fascinating spider from the orb-weaver family. Found mostly in the New World, these spiders are known for the unique, spine-like bumps on their back.… Continue Reading >

Leucauge Argyrobapta Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta) - The Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider is a kind of long-jawed orb weaver. Fun fact: Charles Darwin found this spider in Brazil in 1832. It's the first of its kind to be known among orb weavers.… Continue Reading >


Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni) - Zebra tarantulas are fascinating spiders known for their striking black and white stripes near their leg joints, which resemble zebra patterns.… Continue Reading >

  • Mexican Red-rump Tarantula – Tliltocatl vagans