Spider id please

Spider id please

Postby Shamrock » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:19 am

Hi all,
I caught this spider in my house, I live about 20km outside of Rustenburg, NW.
It looks like Augacephalus breyeri (spelling?)to me, but I'm more of snake person so I wouldn't be surprised if I'm wrong. I have no idea how you measure spiders, but the body is just over 2 cm long.
The spider will, of course, be released in a safe place as soon as possible. If anyone knows of any baboon spider projects in the Rustenburg area where the spider would be better off, please let me know, otherwise I'll release it in a nearby nature reserve. The area where we live is not really safe in my opinion.

Sorry for the crappy photo, like I mentioned, I'm more of a snake person, I'd probably hit myself to death if it somehow got on me. I can try to get a clearer photo if needed for identification.


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Don't worry, its completely tame . . .
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Re: Spider id please

Postby Herald_23 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:20 pm

Baboon spider (H. gigas)
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Re: Spider id please

Postby Ceratogyrus » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:39 pm

Looks like one of the Harpactirella sp.
Best to just release it back somewhere close by.
Please load the pic onto http://vmus.adu.org.za/ on the SpiderMap tab. They will also be able to give their opinion on the identification and it adds to our understanding of the different species and their distribution.

Herald_23 - This is a bit out of range of Harpactira gigas.
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