Observations in the Order: Araneae

Common Name: Spiders

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Another No-name Jumper. Lowveld forest.

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River near Hoedspruit
Observed: 8th February 2016
Added: 9th February 2016
Identifications:1
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Comments:0
Description:

Body length about 4.7mm.
A very animated salticid. Spotted in thick undergrowth.

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Orbweb Spinner

Orbweb Spinner
By: Tony Rebelo
Botanical Society of South Africa A-teamCape Bird ClubEntomological Society of Southern AfricaFriends of Tokai ParkProtea Atlas ProjectSenior Scout AdventureSouth African National Biodiversity InstituteSouth African National Parks Honorary RangersToyota Enviro OutreachWestern Leopard Toad Volunteer
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Location: Price Drive trail up Vlakkenberg at base
Observed: 7th February 2016
Added: 9th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Glorius Fynbos regenerating at 10 months after the fire

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Wolf with egg sac

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Location: Kampersrus, Limpopo
Observed: 6th February 2016
Added: 8th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
Description:

Female spider, small 10mm, egg sac attached to spinnerets

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Baby Baboon

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Location: Kampersrus, Limpopo
Observed: 5th February 2016
Added: 8th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:1
Description:

Small spider, 15 - 20 mm legs included, velvety brown carapace and abdomen, apex of leg segments have narrow white bands

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Nesting spider

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Location: Kampersrus, Limpopo
Observed: 7th February 2016
Added: 8th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Flat spider, brownish gray abdomen, brown and cream legs, 10-12mm

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Jumping jack

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By: Richard Adcock
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Location: Doreen Clark N.R. Hilton - KZN
Observed: 31st December 2015
Added: 8th February 2016
Likely ID: Stenaelurillus
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Description:

Observation of these critters split - see comments below.

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No-name Jumper in Lowveld Forest

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River near Hoedspruit
Observed: 6th February 2016
Added: 8th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

Body length 4.5mm
A grown version of http://www.ispotnature.org/node/771796
Spotted in a bookshelf. Inside the broken spine of Coates Palgrave 1981, to be exact.

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Tea Garden Spider

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 6th February 2016
Added: 7th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Small to medium, free ranging on ground.

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A hitherto unseen Thyene jumper in Lowveld forest

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River near Hoedspruit
Observed: 5th February 2016
Added: 5th February 2016
Likely ID: Thyene
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:9
Description:

Body length 5.0mm
Spotted in foliage in forest understory.

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Kite spider

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By: annette gerber
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Location: Cape Vidal
Observed: 7th March 2015
Added: 4th February 2016
Identifications:3
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

In the same area of Cape Vidal as observation of 14 March 2015. This one was about 2 km from the other

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Carissa specialist

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By: sallyslak
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Location: Fence path
Observed: 2nd February 2016
Added: 2nd February 2016
Likely ID: Caerostris
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

I would have loved better pics but it's not easy following a spider into a numnum. It was a pretty amazing doublethorn impression, especially on the drier branches.

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Funnel web spider

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By: outrampsmarge
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Location: Bergplaas
Observed: 22nd January 2016
Added: 1st February 2016
Identifications:3
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

Shy, small black/brown spider, parallel row of pale yellow/white dots on its thorax and a pair of pale yellow/white stripes on its head. It was lurking in the entrance to his funnel.

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Don't mess with mama!

Palystes Rain spider.mw
By: outrampsmarge
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Location: Bergplaas
Observed: 22nd January 2016
Added: 1st February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Very large, hairy spider, grey brown with the yellow and black banding on the underside of the legs.

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Mouldy Spider

Spider mould
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Skeleton Gorge
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 1st February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

Alex did not like my pictures (he uses the screen to check resolution to the n'th degree - my eyes dont allow me to do that, and then after trying did not like my lens, so he took his own pictures as mine "did not do the subject justice"
Found stuck to the rock and perfect sitting pose, as if it had just stopped for a brief rest. Presumably the fungi did the sticking. Under a moist overhang in an otherwise well exposed position. With the white bum, unmistakable and obvious from several metres away. Do the fungi really control "final behaviour"??

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Kite Spider

Kite Spider
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Nursery Ravine
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 1st February 2016
Identifications:3
Agreements:3
Comments:2
Description:

High up in the forest canopy.

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Spitting spider

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Location: Welgemoed, Bellville
Observed: 31st January 2016
Added: 1st February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

8mm Spitting spider found in the bedroom. It now lives in the garden. Body length measured 8mm. There is a single genus of the family Scytodidae in South Africa with 30 species (ADS). They spit their venom which then congeals into a gel as it hits the prey. Harmless to humans. Only 6 eyes which is very unusual for a spider.

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Synema imitator

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By: Rolf T BorlinghausRolf T Borlinghaus’s reputation in InvertebratesRolf T Borlinghaus’s reputation in InvertebratesRolf T Borlinghaus’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Tafelberg
Observed: 30th November 2015
Added: 31st January 2016
Likely ID: Synema
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
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Gasteracantha sanguinolenta (Short-Wing Kite Spider)

 Gasteracantha sanguinolenta (Short-Wing Kite Spider)
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Groenweide
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 31st January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Thomisus male

Thomisus
By: Cassine
South African National Biodiversity Institute
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Location: Steenkampsberg
Observed: 21st January 2016
Added: 31st January 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

No more than 3 mm.

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Crabspider on flower

Crabspider on Coleonema calycinum
By: jillblignaut
Botanical Society of South Africa A-teamProtea Atlas Project
Location: Langeberg Mountain Survey: 92GP
Observed: 20th November 2014
Added: 31st January 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Baboon spider

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By: Shanedestadler
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Location: Madwaleni
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 31st January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

Found inside the house one evening. Vet hot outside

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Flashed from the centre of her web

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By: Bushboy
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Location: Nkomba Reserve, Pennington
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 31st January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Poor big girl was driven from her splendid 1m website by excessive flashing - not least by me - and still whited out. Approx 25mm body length

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Legless on Saturday night

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By: Bushboy
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Location: Nkomba Reserve, Pennington
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 31st January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Losing 2 legs doesn't seem to have made this big mama any more cautious. She held her ground on the walkway above the stream despite the passing feet, doing a poor impression of a fallen Barringtonia bloom. About 9cm legspan.

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Bird-hunting jumper

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By: Bushboy
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 31st January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:2
Description:

Found on my old copy of Newman's!
Quite large, about 7mm, plain with particularly fat round abdomen.

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Fungus spider

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By: AlexanderR
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Location: Skellies
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 30th January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:5
Comments:0
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Cushion Spider

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 28th January 2016
Added: 29th January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:4
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Verbena old friend

verbena oxytate 2
By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Confluence
Observed: 15th December 2015
Added: 29th January 2016
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

I used to see these guys every day on the chillibush - it was like meeting an old friend unexpectedly.

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Jumperling

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River near Hoedspruit
Observed: 28th January 2016
Added: 28th January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Body length 3.9mm

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Long, flat Jumper in Lowveld forest

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River near Hoedspruit
Observed: 27th January 2016
Added: 28th January 2016
Likely ID: Holcolaetis
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:1
Description:

Spotted on broad-leaved forest grass. Body length 10.5mm. A surprisingly agile jumper, seen jumping as far as about 200mm from one blade to another.

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Rain Spider's Nest

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By: outramps
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Location: Bergplaas in the Outeniquas
Observed: 22nd January 2016
Added: 28th January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:5
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