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Spider: Lynx spider

Unread postby JenB » Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:20 pm

Seen in Marakele.
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Unread postby ScorpionKing » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:56 pm

Just to add to what has already been said.

Lifestyle Diurnal, free living spiders that inhabit vegetation.

Description 4mm to 16mm in length. Colouration ranges from vivid green to a dull brown. Long elongated tapering abdomen. Long legs robust legs with characteristic long spines. Abdomen displays white to pale green chevron markings.

Distribution Widely distributed throughout southern Africa.
Web These spiders do not spin a web. However, the female does construct a structure from which she hangs her eggs.

Venom Completely harmless.

Notes Lynx spiders rely on their well developed vision to hunt for prey which they ambush. The spines on their legs aid the spider to grasp free running insect prey. Have been observed catching flying prey such as moths. When moving about vegetation they often jump. They make use of a safety line when jumping.

The female lays her eggs in vegetation. She doesn’t feed at all while guarding the eggs. After they hatch, her life is complete and she dies. When inactive at night, these spiders may be found on the underside of a leaf. Able to change colour to blend in perfectly to the vegetation.

At the first sign of danger these spiders jump away. Males are similar in size to the females.
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Unread postby JenB » Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:17 am

Cool stuff, ScorpionKing! Thanx for all the interesting info. :clap:
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lynx spider

Unread postby katydownunder » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:52 pm

Can someone tell what kind of Spider that is ?!
Saw her in KTP about a couple of weeks ago

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Re: Spider ID needed

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:07 pm

I think its a lynx spider (but I certainly am no expert on spiders!). Try posting it on the Spider club of South Africa's FB page. Someone there should be able to help you.
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