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Spider Big 5

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Liesl Da Silva
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Re: Spider Big 5

Unread postby Liesl Da Silva » Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:52 pm

Thanks thats a good list should we all decide that size matters :lol:

Sorry for the late reply :? I had some internet problems and was off line for just over a month! :wall:
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Re: Spider Big 5

Unread postby Xmantis » Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:43 pm

I also think your list is great ScorpionKing! :clap:

I have come across this artical and thought you guys may be interested in it :shock:

They’re big and hairy and in need of conservation and are found in the Kruger National Park (KNP) – but they have double the normal number of legs. They are baboon spiders. Kruger is home to no less than seven different species of baboon spider, including a species that was only recently discovered by scientists and given its official name of Ceratogyrus paulseni last year.

The new species of baboon spider was discovered in a clearing in the mopane-acacia woodland near Letaba and has not yet been found anywhere else in Kruger, or the rest of the world. Despite the fact that the Kruger’s known species of baboon spider come from four different genera, they are hard for a layman to tell apart.

The newly discovered species does, however, have the one characteristic that allows it to be told apart from the other genera – it has a distinctive ‘horn’ on its back, which it shares with the more common horned baboon spider. The new baboon spider was first spotted during a 2003 spider survey of Kruger that forms part of the ongoing South African National Survey of Arachnids.


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Liesl Da Silva
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Re: Spider Big 5

Unread postby Liesl Da Silva » Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:03 pm

Ooohh! the mere though of a spider running over my foot or me stepping on one give me the 'grills'. :redface:

But what a cool 8) article! :clap:
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