Spider I.D. Needed

Spider I.D. Needed

Postby rolandslf » Mon May 05, 2014 1:57 pm

I am utterly useless at Spider Identification.
Can someone please help me with this chappy.

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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Mehelya » Mon May 05, 2014 2:20 pm

Looks like a female Palystes spp to me. Rain Spider.
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Bushviper » Mon May 05, 2014 8:58 pm

Nope thats not a rain spider. Dunno what it is but its something else. I am sure it will be identified soon.
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Mehelya » Mon May 05, 2014 11:49 pm

Thanks BV. On my cell that 2nd leg lower (left) leg, facing forward looks like it has black and yellow banding, hence my ID.

Roland, apologies for the mis-ID. ;) Nice find either way! I'll ask a non-sareptiles member for an ID, with your permission to "lend" the photo?
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby rolandslf » Tue May 06, 2014 11:01 am

Thanks All, so far. Rian, use the photo Boet. I really need an I.D. on this one.
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Westley Price » Tue May 06, 2014 11:28 am

I am also pretty useless at spiders, but also looks like a Rain Spider to me.
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby meezo » Tue May 06, 2014 12:51 pm

Hi i think that might be a wolf spider as i caught a female a few months back with a egg sac at school before my teacher killed it.The babies hatched the following day and now i have quite a few in my back yard. Just my 2c
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Mehelya » Tue May 06, 2014 6:39 pm

Roland, I've had it confirmed by a friend in to arachnids that it is most likely a Palystes superciliosus. Maybe wait for Ceratogyrus' opinion if you want concrete confirmation. Wise men have been put to shame before. X_x
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Bushviper » Tue May 06, 2014 7:43 pm

The front two legs look way longer than the other legs. That's what makes me think its something else. Usually the legs are nicely banded and I dont see it on this spider.
I am pretty useless at spider id though.
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Mehelya » Wed May 07, 2014 1:37 am

BV, the angle that the photo was taken from (behind and not from the top) could be misleading to the length of the legs, especially since it is in a defensive posture, with the two front legs raised, and the second pair of legs raising the front higher. I don't think the banding on the leg is indicative to the species(?). I'm also still learning about arachnids. I've seen ones with yellow and black, brown and black, and next to no banding on the legs.

Roland, I'll upload a pic of a male Palystes superciliosus on Thursday, and you can send it to them to see if it was similar.
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby Ceratogyrus » Sat May 10, 2014 2:28 pm

Definately a rain spider (Palystes sp.). Think the angle of the pic might be throwing you off BV
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Re: Spider I.D. Needed

Postby rolandslf » Mon May 12, 2014 8:31 am

Thank You All for your replies.
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