What kind of spider is this?

Asked April 18, 2016, 5:46 PM EDT

I've been finding these all over my apartment since I moved in a year ago, and it's the only type of spider I've found in my house. But I can't seem to find a matching picture or name anywhere on the internet. I have a 10 month old baby and I just want to know if i should be concerned.

Clark County Nevada spider identification

1 Response

The spider in your photo is a type of ground spider in the family Gnaphosidae. The overall body shape, long hind legs and silver back pair of eyes easily identify it to this family. However, I cannot identify it with any certainty to genus and species from just the photo. As their name implies, these spiders live on the ground and wander around hunting their prey, rather than spinning a web. There are many species that look similar to this and they all pretty much do the same thing. Any bites from this type of spider are not considered to be medically significant, and would likely be no worse than a bee sting. Although these spiders are normally found outdoors, because of their wandering nature, they often show up in houses. I have included some links below to webpages with more information and photos about these spiders.