Spiders in Arizona

The state of Arizona has 27 spider species, three of them known for their venomous bite, being potentially dangerous to humans. They occur throughout the state in different landscapes, with the Arizona brown spider and the black widow inhabiting desert areas.

Camel and sun spiders belonging to the Arachnida class are natives of Arizona, though they do not belong to the category of spiders.

Common spiders: Arizona Brown (Loxosceles arizonica), Black Widow (Latrodectus Hesperus), Southern House (Kukulcania hibernalis), Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)

Largest spiders: Giant Crab (Olios giganteus), Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)

Smallest spiders: Regal Jumping (Phidippus regius)Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata)

Spiders in Arizona Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

  • Black Widow (Latrodectus Hesperus); Color: Black


  • Arizona Brown Spider (Loxosceles arizonica); Color: Light brown, yellowish
  • Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa); Color: Brown

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis); Color: Brown

Less Venomous Spiders

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Beach Wolf (Arctosa littoralis); Color: Light brown

Orb-Weaver (Araneidae)

  • Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata); Color: Black, yellow, brown, white

Cellar (Pholcidae)

  • Giant Daddy Long Legs (Artema atlanta); Color: Brown
  • Marbled Cellar (Holocnemus pluchei); Color: Dark to reddish-brown
  • Trachelas pacificus; Color: Light brown or tan

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Crevice Weaver (Filistatidae)

  • Southern House (Kukulcania hibernalis); Color: Black or dark brown

Huntsman (Sparassidae)

  • Giant Crab (Olios giganteus); Color: Light brown

Lynx (Oxyopidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

  • Regal Jumping (Phidippus regius); Color: Orange, gray
  • Pantropical Jumper (Plexippus paykulli); Color: Black and white)
  • Salticus palpalis; Color: Black or brown with white stripes


Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

Tarantula (Theraphosidae)

  • Western Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes); Color: Light brown or tan