Spiders in New Jersey

New Jersey has over 40 spider species distributed throughout the northern and southern parts equally. The deadliest of the lot are the brown recluse and black widow.

Common spiders: Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus), Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans), Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), Wolf family (Lycosidae)

Largest spiders: Members of the wolf family (Lycosidae)

Spiders in New Jersey Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

  • Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)
  • Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus)


  • Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)


Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

Crab (Thomisidae)

  • Xysticus auctificus
  • Xysticus ferox

Cellar (Pholcidae)

Ground (Gnaphosidae)


  • Garden Ghost (Hibana gracilis)