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Titiotus sp.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Zoropsidae
Genus: Titiotus
Simon, 1897 [1]
Type species
T. californicus
Simon, 1897

16, see text

Titiotus is a genus of American false wolf spiders that was first described by Eugène Louis Simon in 1897. [2]


Spiders in this genus are often misidentified as the brown recluse spider of the genus Loxosceles due to similarities of coloration, body proportions, leg length, and even leg positioning prior to movement. [3] Species within the genus Titiotus are "all found within California (United States), often in areas of dense human population." [3] "They are most common from the northernmost portions of the state to the southern portions just north of the mountains near Los Angeles Basin. They are often found in redwood forests and present in cabins in the woods." [3]


Eyes of a Titiotus sp. Titiotus sp. head view.jpg
Eyes of a Titiotus sp.

As of September 2019 it contains sixteen species, found in the United States: [1]

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  1. 1 2 "Gen. Titiotus Simon, 1897". World Spider Catalog Version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern. 2019. doi:10.24436/2 . Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  2. Simon, E (1897). Histoire naturelle des araignées. Paris: Roret. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.51973.
  3. 1 2 3 Vetter, Richard S. (2015). The Brown Recluse Spider (1st ed.). Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. p. 35. ISBN   978-0-8014-7985-4 . Retrieved 1 January 2020.