Spiders in Portugal

You’ll be relieved to learn that traveling to Europe is pretty much an exciting nature adventure as there are not many dangerous animals on this continent. However, there are several animals that you need to watch out for. If you are planning to visit Portugal, make sure spiders won’t ruin your trip. Spiders can be found frequently in a variety of environments, such as gardens, meadows, and forest clearings. They can also be observed close to people, such as in or around buildings or well-lit stairwells. Stay informed and enjoy a worry-free adventure in Portugal.

Spiders in Portugal

Spiders in Portugal Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Portugal

European Nursery Web Spider (Araneus diadematus) also known as Cross Spider and Pumpkin SpiderDaddy Long-Legs Spider or Long-Bodied Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides)Flower Spider or Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)
Banded Garden SpiderGorse Orb WeaverWasp Spider
Noble False WidowEuropean Sheet Web

Biggest Spiders in Portugal

Desertas Wolf Spider (Hogna ingens)Tarantula Wolf SpiderGiant House Spider (Eratigena atrica)
Mediterranean Spiny False Wolf Spider (Zoropsis spinimana)Lobed Argiope

Most Venomous Spiders

Orb Weavers

  • Cucumber Green Spider – Araniella cucurbitina

Wandering Spiders

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Wolf Spiders

  • Desert Wolf Spider

Cobweb Spiders (Theridiidae)

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Less Venomous Spiders

Orb Weavers

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  • Walnut Orb Weaver Spiders – Nuctenea umbratical

Jumping Spiders

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  • Half-edged Wall Jumping Spider – Menemerus semilimbatus

Crab Spiders

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  • Pink Crab Spider – Thomisus onustus
  • Napoleon Spider – Synema globosum

Wolf Spiders

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