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anyone know south african spiders?

Postby magda101 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:35 am

Hi there,
we rescued a spider from someone's back yard and after a month or so we finally got an ID, thing is she seems kind of rare and most people I talk to didn't even know they existed around SA. I need to get in touch with an expert on the matter, anybody know where I can get in touch with an expert?

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Re: anyone know south african spiders?

Postby Westley Price » Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:18 am

No idea on who you can contact, but how about sharing with us what species the spider is and some photos?

We have a few knowledgeable guys on the forum who should be able to help out.
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Re: anyone know south african spiders?

Postby magda101 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:52 pm

Hi Westley,
I gave a full description at the following link...

http://www.ispot.org.za/node/282858

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Re: anyone know south african spiders?

Postby Mehelya » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:16 pm

Looks like a Rain Spider, Palystes species. Most likely Palystes superciliocus. Harmless, hunts geckos and other small invertebrates. Fast, can bite, but generally of no medical importance whatsoever.
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Re: anyone know south african spiders?

Postby Westley Price » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:42 pm

Spiders are notoriously difficult to ID, for me at least, so I cannot confirm nor deny your ID.

This specimen looks like it was due to moult, making the ID even more difficult with the bald spot on his "head."

To me it also looks like some sort of Rain spider or Huntsman.
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Re: anyone know south african spiders?

Postby reptile » Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:52 am

Yeah, I agree with Westley, it does look a bit like a rain spider, the type we have here always has the bold black spot on top.
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Re: anyone know south african spiders?

Postby magda101 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:26 am

Hey guys, I am currently corresponding with Ansie Dippenaar, the author of field guide to the spiders of South Africa and she identified it as ctenidae aka. Tropical wolf spider, although there is not yet a specific species ID.
Thank for your input and help, it is greatly appreciated :)
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Re: anyone know south african spiders?

Postby Ceratogyrus » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:34 am

Sorry I didn't see this earlier.
But definately a tropical wolf spider (Ctrenidae). Quite common in Northern Gauteng/Limpopo
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