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Postby equilibrium » Mon May 09, 2011 11:36 am

Can someone please accurately ID this spider & tell me why it appears hairless? Found in Mpumalanga. TIA.
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby fastback » Mon May 09, 2011 11:42 am

Do you have close ups??
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby Jamster » Mon May 09, 2011 11:45 am

Maybe size comparison aswell...?
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby equilibrium » Mon May 09, 2011 11:53 am

Neither I'm afraid
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby herpcrazy » Mon May 09, 2011 12:13 pm

Looks like a lesser baboon spider. Just weird that it lost its hairs.
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby equilibrium » Mon May 09, 2011 12:34 pm

Yes it is a a baboon spider, but which sp?
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby Jamster » Mon May 09, 2011 12:41 pm

It still has hair on the legs. Has it perhaps not been wet with someting...it almost looks wet to me??
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1.0-taiwanese ratsnake
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby fastback » Mon May 09, 2011 12:44 pm

What is it locality?
Did you find it walking around or under rock or did you dig it up?

Your camera looks like it taks nice pictures so you dont need to ge t to close to it.
If you are brave enough go take picture on the lawn. the grass will slow it down if it decides to run away!

Try take pictures of its abdomen (bum) and of its carpice (head) and its whole body from the top. Close up pictures will help ID this spider!
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby fastback » Mon May 09, 2011 12:49 pm

Harpactirella is the species it from!
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby Westley Price » Mon May 09, 2011 12:59 pm

I'm no spider expert, but I think certain tarantulas and Baboon Spiders loose their hair before a moult.

This might be the case with this specimen.
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby Ceratogyrus » Mon May 09, 2011 1:05 pm

fastback wrote:Harpactirella is the species it from!

Harpactirella is a genus, so definately not the "species it from".

As my guess though, I would take a shot at Harpactira gigas (or hamiltoni).

And before some people moan about how I could possibly ID it from a pic, its just an educated guess, which is probably as good as its gonna get. :)
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby Ceratogyrus » Mon May 09, 2011 1:07 pm

westley wrote:I'm no spider expert, but I think certain tarantulas and Baboon Spiders loose their hair before a moult.

This might be the case with this specimen.


Baboon spiders don't lose their hair like lots of species of exotic tarantula do. Looks wet to me?
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby equilibrium » Mon May 09, 2011 1:10 pm

Asking on behalf of a friend and the spider is back outside where it belongs so no more pictures unfortunately. It came into the house, it wasn't moved.

I know nothing about local spiders. Tarantulas lose their abdomen hair before moulting, but this seems to have lost most of its hair? Unless it is hairless to begin with.

Thanks everyone, & fastback & Certaogyrus, I understand it's very difficult / impossible to ID from a photo.
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby Ceratogyrus » Mon May 09, 2011 1:13 pm

equilibrium wrote:Asking on behalf of a friend and the spider is back outside where it belongs so no more pictures unfortunately. It came into the house, it wasn't moved.

I know nothing about local spiders. Tarantulas lose their abdomen hair before moulting, but this seems to have lost most of its hair? Unless it is hairless to begin with.

Thanks everyone, & fastback & Certaogyrus, I understand it's very difficult / impossible to ID from a photo.


Wouldn't be hairless to begin with, so either just wet or else just lost hair through rubbing against its burrow, etc. Probably close to a moult anyway, so should be good as new soon enough. :)
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Re: Spider ID please

Postby equilibrium » Mon May 09, 2011 1:35 pm

re the size. It's apparently as big as an average-sized woman's palm of her hand or maybe bigger.
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