Observations in the Order: Araneae

Common Name: Spiders

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Shower jumper

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 17th January 2017
Added: 19th January 2017
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Toilet block window corner spider

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 16th January 2017
Added: 19th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Two similar spiders, on with egg sac

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 16th January 2017
Added: 18th January 2017
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Hanging nest

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 16th January 2017
Added: 18th January 2017
Likely ID: Palystes
Identifications:1
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Huntsman Spider, Jagspinnekop

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Lahnstein, Maltahöhe
Observed: 1st July 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Found under a rock.

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Ground spider, Grond spinnekop

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Lahnstein, Maltahöhe
Observed: 1st July 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Spider 'nest'

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Lahnstein, Maltahöhe
Observed: 1st July 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
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Ground spider, Grond spinnekop

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Lahnstein, Maltahöhe
Observed: 1st July 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Funnel-web spider web

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Kyffhäuser, Maltahöhe, Namibia
Observed: 1st July 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Daddylonglegs

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Lahnstein, Maltahöhe
Observed: 1st July 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Huntsman Spider, Jagspinnekop

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Lahnstein, Maltahöhe
Observed: 1st July 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Large hairy spider

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Location: Paling Gat, Stillbay
Observed: 12th December 2016
Added: 18th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Spider with egg sac

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Location: Eastern Shores
Observed: 15th January 2017
Added: 16th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Large window frame surprise

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 15th January 2017
Added: 16th January 2017
Likely ID: Palystes
Identifications:1
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Description:

Not aggressive, but thought the better of turning over to record ventral surface.

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Fat abdomen spider

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 15th January 2017
Added: 16th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Found on a messy web between two vertical stems, very well hidden, looked like as seed on the web, parachuted down as soon as the web was touched and then played dead then moved very rapidly.

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Thomisus stenningi on Geranium flanaganii

Thomisus stenningi on Geranium flanaganii
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Sparrebosch Trail
Observed: 14th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Nursery-web Spider

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By: DanieduToit
Botanical Society of South AfricaCREW (Gauteng)
Location: Sibongile Gardens, Randpark Ridge, Scott Avenue, Johannesburg
Observed: 12th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Likely ID: Palystes
Identifications:1
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Description:

A large (9 cm including stretched legs) light brown spider next to a large nest.

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Sometimes the fluffed shot's the best

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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 12th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Ugly's only skin deep

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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 12th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Identifications:1
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What IS this spider?

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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 12th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Description:

Small (c. 4mm body-length) leaf-dweller (here on Barleria) with narrow head held low, below the legs. Terribly shy. - never seen hunting behaviour, but presumably prey blunders into small web-pad on leaf and is pounced on. Seem to curl and secure a half-open 'purse' on an adjacent leaf in which to retreat.

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Ogre-faced Spider or a Hump-back of some kind?

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Location: Westville, Durban, South Africa
Observed: 14th January 2017
Added: 14th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Description:

Unfortunately I couldn't get the face. :(

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Water spider

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By: Dewidine
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Location: Outeniqua hiking trail
Observed: 18th December 2016
Added: 13th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Sac- or Mouse spider?

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Location: Ermelo
Observed: 7th January 2017
Added: 13th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Description:

Body size about 15mm, Light brown colour with a black head, Long forelegs, Tips of all legs black, Abdomen elongated and velvety, Runs fast.

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Tetragnathidae sp. on Cliffortia odorata

Tetragnathidae sp. on Cliffortia odorata
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Groenweide
Observed: 7th January 2017
Added: 12th January 2017
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:3
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Spider

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Location: St Lucia 1
Observed: 5th December 2016
Added: 11th January 2017
Identifications:1
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At the porch light

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Red V spider

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Location: Mozambique border
Observed: 11th January 2017
Added: 11th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

This spider was seen near the Mozambique border near the sea, it is about the size of a R5 coin.

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Ariadna - Tubeweb spider

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Vergenoeg, Namibia
Observed: 7th January 2017
Added: 11th January 2017
Likely ID: Ariadna
Identifications:1
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Description:

Photos by Anka Eichhoff.

Notes by Anka Eichhoff: "Dit was in my linnekas. Ek het geen buisweb kon opspoor nie.
Dit lyk vir my na 'n Ariadna spesie, omdat drie paar bene vorentoe gerig is en ene agtertoe.
Ek het dit al voorheen gesien in en onder die bas van 'n Jakarandaboom, toe ek gaan soek het, wat die boom so toespin (dit was glo Crevice spiders). Dit lyf soms of die spinnekop "off balance" is, dit "hang" so bietjiena een kant toe. Dit kan homself nogal taamlik "dun maak" deur die bene hoog op te trek styf teen die liggaam. Dit blyk eerder traag te wees. Dit skram weg van lig."

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Long Leg Spider

Long Leg Spider
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Location: Eastern Shores
Observed: 2nd December 2016
Added: 10th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Little Silver Spider

Little Silver Spider
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Location: Eastern Shores
Observed: 2nd December 2016
Added: 10th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Hint of red is only a reflection of my clothing

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Secluded breakfast overlooking the waterfront

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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 10th January 2017
Added: 10th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Description:

Ms Spidey, c.100 mm legspan, almost certainly ambushes insects that get trapped, drowned in the lower section of the birdbath by night. There are no fish or tadpoles for her to eat, but she's obviously doing well on non-aquatic prey. She lives in the tiny pond under the waterfall and I am careful to disturb her as little as possible when sieving leaves & crud out the pond before turning on the waterfall pump every morning.

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Species with which Spiders (Araneae) interacts