Spiders in Ohio

The state of Ohio has a large number of spiders belonging to prominent families out of which the brown recluse and widow are considered dangerous or deadly.

Common spiders: Marbled Orb-weaver (Araneus marmoreus), Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia), Triangulate Cobweb (Steatoda triangulosa), Six-spotted Fishing (Dolomedes triton)

Largest spiders: Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus), Six-spotted Fishing (Dolomedes triton), Tiger Wolf (Tigrosa aspersa)

Spiders in Ohio Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders


Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

  • Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus)
  • Six-spotted Fishing (Dolomedes triton)
  • Striped Fishing (Dolomedes scriptus)

Cellar (Pholcidae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Tiger Wolf (Tigrosa aspersa)
  • Missouri Burrowing Wolf (Geolycosa-missouriensis)
  • Tigrosa helluo
  • Tigrosa georgicola
  • Hogna baltimoriana

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

Long-jawed Orb-weaver

  • Elongate Stilt (Tetragnatha elongate)
  • Pachygnatha autumnalis

Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)


Anyphaenidae Sac

  • Garden Ghost (Hibana gracilis)

Running Crab (Philodromidae)

  • Oblong Running (Tibellus oblongus)


  • Hackled-Mesh Weaver (Callobius bennetti)

Ray (Theridiosomatidae)

  • Common Eastern Ray (Theridiosoma gemmosum)

Lynx (Oxyopidae)

  • Striped Lynx (Oxyopes salticus)

Crab (Thomisidae)

  • Common Crab (Xysticus cristatus)