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    Spider found in Bathroom

    We get these spiders every once in awhile, and they seem to like to roam the area, in the bathroom, the groove of the ceiling and wall.
    In looking at a few other spider pictures here, it seems to be similar to a Parsons spider, but doesn't have the same lighter color markings on it's abdomen. The legs are a muted purpley reddish hue and there is a lovely sheen on the top of the abdomen that looks satiny.
    This is in Portland OR.
    Found June 2 in the morning.

    I still, have it but I'm going to let it go, once I find out what it might be.

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    Eee! I thought I had a picture of it in a clear glass jar, but can't find it. That jar was the capture jar. An old prescription bottle.

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    Gnaphosidae for family, I think.

    Parsons spiders are in this family as well, genus Herpyllus, but tough to guess genus without a better image. Parson spiders have very noticeable white markings against a black body. In OR, if it was a parson, it would be the western parson spider Herpyllus propinquus

    You can compare with images here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/230933/bgimage

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    Might be, maybe a young one that doesn't have adult markings yet.

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    Cattrix:

    Definitely in the Gnaphosidae; might be Scotophaeus blackwalli, a suspected introduced species from Europe that is now common in dwellings on the west coast of the U.S.

    Eric

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