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Vlakvarkvrou
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Spider: Jumping

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:14 pm

Good evening,
Can anybody tell me what this spider is please. We saw it at Nkuhlu in the KNP. It is tiny (about the size of my pinkie nail). It was posted in our (me and Me Skarabee's) TR and Smitherson asked us to identify the spider. Could it be one of the jumping spiders?

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Spidey ID

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:04 pm

Hello

Does anyone know what this beauty is

Seen in Tankwa Karoo this week.

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Re: Spidey ID

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:35 pm

Gilbertr14, your striking spider has made me realise that my spider resources are inadequate and that an investment into something more substantial will be required. Anyhow, after much page-turning I got stuck and eventually resorted to "phoning friends". I got the following reply from Astri Leroy, a co-founder of the Spider Club of SA:

"It is indeed a huntsman spider in the spider family Sparassidae and this one looks like Arandisa deserticola which is a dry-country special, found in the more arid parts of western and southern Africa. A very handsome species. It may be immature so cannot tell its gender."

I hope that helps. Even after having the scientific name, finding more information was not possible. Not much has been published about this beautiful spider... quite a pity!
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Re: Spidey ID

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:23 pm

Thanks Johan for the effort, it is greatly appreciated.

You are correct it is a beautiful creature. It lived in the bathroom, alongside the mice in the kitchen, gecko/lizard in the room, birds under the awnings and bats on the porch.

Was quite tame, never bothered us. Always interesting to see where he had moved the next day.

The black is the soot from the kerosene lanterns, which he frequented on both sides of the bathroom, which led me to believe he knew it attracted insects, and waited for them there to catch.
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Spider ID needed

Unread post by JeanniR » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:48 am

I need a little help identifying this spider. I found it in my garden over the weekend :shock: :shock:

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Re: Spider ID needed

Unread post by Carol g » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:00 pm

Toko wrote:It's a Black-legged Nephila Nephila fenestrata

Harmless to humans :tongue:


With a big name like that I would have thought it would be very dangerous :lol:
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