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Wez0
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Spider: Scorpion

Unread postby Wez0 » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:30 pm

Hi,

I've tried to find out what spider i found in my room last night, i was busy cleaning out the cupboards in my room when i noticed a spider on the carpet, i think it was disturbed when i pulled some things out.

The spider is olive in colour underneath its abdomen, the top is black. Its legs are half orange/brown. The spider looks rather flat. Its stance reminded me of a scorpion. The spider is the size of a 50cent coin.

I live in Gauteng - Johannesburg. Was found June 1st, Indoors...

Any help identifying and i'll be very gratefull! Thank you:)

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Re: JHB Spider identification

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:38 pm

Hi Wez0 and welcome to the forum. I'm no expert on spiders but it sure looks to me that it could be the Scorpion Spider Family Trochanteriidae Maybe a other forumite can confirm.

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Unknown Gnaphosid ID needed

Unread postby Shinox » Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:56 pm

Hi guys,

we've seen this spider in our bathroom twice already this week. Only at night.
It has been identified by an international website as a gnaphosid (flat belly ground spider), but we would like a local name or even more specific scientific name.

Any help would be great

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Re: Unknown Gnaphosid ID needed

Unread postby RosemaryH » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:42 pm

Hi Shinox......a very warm welcome to the forums :D

Is that not perhaps a Scorpion Spider? Family Trochanteriidae

Shiny, red-brown or black. Some have pale marks on abdomen. Legs paler than body. Large, widely diverging fang bases. Body extremely flattened. Often folds a pair of legs back over body. Nocturnal. Hides in crevices and under bark.

Unfortunately, my book does not state where they occur.

It's a very scary looking specimen :lol: :lol: I will try to find some more info for you.
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Re: Unknown Gnaphosid ID needed

Unread postby Shinox » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:19 pm

Hah! yeah checked it up on the web. Scorpion spider it definately is.

Some info would be great thanks. Checked up on the web and I can't really find anything on it.


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