Observations in the Family: Theraphosidae

Common Name: Baboonspiders

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Harpactira?

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By: willvanniekerkwillvanniekerk’s reputation in Invertebrateswillvanniekerk’s reputation in Invertebrateswillvanniekerk’s reputation in Invertebrateswillvanniekerk’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Chongwe
Observed: 12th December 2014
Added: 14th December 2014
Identifications:1
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Location is very vaguely placed, as I seem to recall that these are all protected species and under CITES or some such, their locations should not be disclosed? Not sure.

Quite small for a baboon spider, body probably 22-24mm, night after first significant rainfall of the season (in this area, anyway). Am I correct in thinking that the plumose setae on the side of the chelicerae make this Harpactira sp?

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Baboon spider

Baboon spider
By: rianabate
Entomological Society of Southern Africa
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Location: N14, Kalahari District Council
Observed: 23rd November 2014
Added: 25th November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Small Baboon spider

Baboon spider 24mm
By: Wynand Uys
Kruger2Canyons
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed: 24th November 2014
Added: 25th November 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
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Description:

Smallish: Body length about 24mm
Seems to have taken up residence in our kitchen.

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Baboon spider

Baboon spider 38mm
By: Wynand Uys
Kruger2Canyons
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed: 24th November 2014
Added: 25th November 2014
Identifications:2
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Body length about 38mm. It seems to have taken up tempory residence in our home. Climbs walls easily. Fast mover.

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Spider
By: rianabate
Entomological Society of Southern Africa
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Location: N14, Kalahari District Council
Observed: 10th November 2014
Added: 11th November 2014
Identifications:3
Agreements:2
Comments:3
Description:

Found floating in swimming pool
Approx 55 mm (without legs)

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Harpactira

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Location: M14, Cape Farms
Observed: 20th October 2014
Added: 7th November 2014
Identifications:3
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

No star stripes on the back,legs have white hairs, red hairs on the abdomen. I think the species is Harpactira chrysogaster but not really sure how to discern between Harpactira chrysogaster and atra.

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IMG-20141017-WA0035

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By: mikefabricius1809
Location: Shamwari Game reserve
Observed: 17th October 2014
Added: 18th October 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:2
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Harpactirella

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By: Ryan van HuyssteenRyan van Huyssteen’s reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen’s reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen’s reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Medike Mountain Sanctuary
Observed: 24th September 2014
Added: 14th October 2014
Likely ID: Harpactirella
Identifications:1
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Spider

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By: qgrobler
Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency
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Location: 5, Edge View Rd
Observed: 30th September 2014
Added: 30th September 2014
Identifications:1
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Horned Baboon Spider

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By: desbes
Location: Ngamiland East, North West
Observed: 2nd August 2014
Added: 24th September 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:1
Description:

Thought guys like these were only found in South America somewhere. Would love to know if that horn has a use.

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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

tigrina(Hankey)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Hankey, Eastern Cape
Observed: 8th August 2007
Added: 21st August 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

Large size, 10-14cm diagonal legspan in adults. Males are smaller.
Copper/brown overall, with copper coloured hairs covering the legs and body.
Legs beige/brown, but not yellow dorsally as in guttata. Femurs dark.
Yellowish bands around the leg joints.
Striking copper coloured, starburst pattern on the carapace, with copper coloured hairs on the fringe of the carapace.
More robust looking spider than guttata, but superficially similar.
Stridulatory setae on the inside and outside faces of the chelicerae.

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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

tigrina(Hankey)MM
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Hankey, Eastern Cape
Observed: 8th August 2007
Added: 21st August 2014
Identifications:1
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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

pulchripes(Samara lodge)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Samara lodge, Eastern Cape
Observed: 10th April 2007
Added: 21st August 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

Large size, 10-14cm diagonal legspan in adults.
Bright yellow body overall, with legs, from the tarsus to the femur, metallic blue dorsally. Orange hairs ventrally.
Striking bronze colour starburst pattern on the carapace.
Males can be sexually dimorphic, with dark brown to black body colouration, but legs are still metallic blue.
Spots and fishbone pattern on the abdomen dorsally.
Stridulatory setae on the inside and outside faces of the chelicerae.

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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

guttata(Grahamstown)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Grahamstown
Observed: 12th August 2008
Added: 21st August 2014
Identifications:1
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Comments:0
Description:

Medium size, 8-10cm diagonal legspan in adults. Males are smaller, 6-8cm diagonal legspan.
Light brown/beige overall, with the front legs and pedipalps yellowish dorsally.
Dark femurs.
Striking carapace pattern, with beige on black.
Light brown/yellow/white fringe around the carapace.
Covered in pink hair ventrally, when freshly moulted.
Beige/white leg banding at the joints.
Stridulatory setae on the inside and outside cheliceral faces.

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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

guttata(Grahamstown)MM
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Grahamstown
Observed: 12th August 2008
Added: 21st August 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

chrysogaster(Worcester)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: N1, Worcester
Observed: 11th December 2006
Added: 20th August 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

Medium to large size, 10-12cm diagonal legspan in adults.
No starburst pattern on the carapace in adults (Juveniles sometimes do).
Leg joints are banded with white hairs.
Copper/pink fringe around the carapace.
The copper sheen often carries into the black colouration of the carapace.
Dense covering of orange/red hairs on the abdomen.
Stridulatory setae on the inside and outside faces of the chelicerae.

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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

baviana(Hanover)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Hanover, Northern Cape
Observed: 12th November 2007
Added: 20th August 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

Medium size, 5-8cm in adults.
Black with a green metallic sheen overall.
Legs and abdomen covered in long white hairs.
Very Striking (contrasting) starburst pattern on the carapace.
Stridulatory setae on the inside and outside faces of the chelicerae.
Note: Similar in appearance to Harpactira namaquensis, but baviana adults are smaller, and less hairy.

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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

atra(Kirstenbosch)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Kirstenbosch botanical gardens
Observed: 15th January 2007
Added: 20th August 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Medium to large species, 8-12cm diagonal legspan in adults.
Overall jet black in colour, velvety texture to legs and carapace.
Abdomen covered in sparse red hairs.
White/beige fringe around the carapace.
Stridulatory setae on the inside and outside faces of the chelicerae.

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Harpactirella (Lesser baboon spider)

spinosa(Steinkopf)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Steinkopf
Observed: 12th March 2007
Added: 20th August 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:4
Description:

Small species, 3-4cm diagonal legspan in adults.
Brown overall, with dark femurs, and light stripes down the legs and on patella.
Light brown/yellow fringe around the carapace.
Striking starburst pattern on the carapace.
Carapace elongated, not symmetrically round.
Spots and fishbone pattern on the abdomen dorsally.

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Harpactirella (Lesser baboon spider)

helenae(St.Helena Bay)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: St. Helena Bay
Observed: 6th January 2008
Added: 20th August 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

Small size, 3-5cm in adults.
Dark brown/black overall, with speckled pattern on abdomen dorsally.
Femurs dark.
No starburst pattern on the carapace.

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Harpactirella (Lesser baboon spider)

overdijki(Barberton)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Barberton outskirts
Observed: 15th November 2007
Added: 19th August 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

Small size, 4-6cm diagonal legspan in adults.
Very striking starburst pattern on the carapace.
No stridulating setae on the inside or outside faces of the chelicerae.
Yellow/brown overall, with contrasting lighter stripes down the legs dorsally, and stripes on the patella.
Females have uncharacteristically fused spermathecae, and males have a spoon shaped embolus.

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Harpactirella (Lesser baboon spider)

longipes(Piketberg)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Piketberg mountains
Observed: 16th January 2007
Added: 19th August 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:3
Comments:4
Description:

Small size, 3-4cm diagonal legspan in adults.
No starburst pattern on the carapace.
Overall chocolate brown in colour, with darker brown/black femurs.
Elongated carapace, not symmetrically round.
Contrasting golden bands at the leg joints.

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Harpactirella(Lesser baboon spider)

magna(Addo)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Addo Elephant Park
Observed: 10th April 2007
Added: 19th August 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:3
Description:

Small size, 3-5cm diagonal legspan in adults.
Bright yellow legs and pedipalps, with dark femurs.
Striking starburst pattern on carapace.
Inside cheliceral face is smooth.
Outside cheliceral face has fine hair, but not stridulatory setae.

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Idiothele (Trapdoor baboon spider)

mira(Ndumo)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Ndumo nature reserve
Observed: 11th May 2010
Added: 18th August 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

Medium sized, 5-8cm diagonal legspan.
Symmetrically round carapace.
Bright blue (to grey-blue in adult males) tarsal segment of the legs and tips of the pedipalps.
Characteristic burrows with a crudely developed trapdoor flap, constructed out of silk and surrounding substrate.
The tips of the spinnerets are cone-like (conical) in the Idiothele genus, as opposed to finger-like (digitiform) in other baboon spiders.
Stridulating setae on the outside edge of the chelicerae.

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Harpactirella (Lesser baboon spider)

lightfooti(Wellington)
By: Patrick GildenhuysPatrick Gildenhuys is knowledgeable about InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in InvertebratesPatrick Gildenhuys’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
Location: R44, Paarl
Observed: 3rd June 2007
Added: 18th August 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:7
Description:

A small species, 3-5cm diagonal legspan in adults.
Brown, to slightly orange overall, with a typical fishbone pattern on the abdomen dorsally. Copper coloured sheen in freshly moulted specimens.
Striking starburst pattern on the carapace.
Carapace slightly elongated, not symmetrically round.
No stridulating setae on the inside or outside faces of the chelicerae.

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Spider

Baboon Spider
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: Uitsig Cedarberg
Observed: 14th December 2010
Added: 10th August 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:3
Comments:1
Description:

Ecology Base: Senior Scout Adventure 2010
A sample of goggas that were captured in the herpetogical traps over 10 days.

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Spider Hunting Wasp and Baboon Spider

Spider Hunting Wasp and Baboon Spider
By: hampshire karoo
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
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Location: Sanbona - Tilney
Observed: 23rd January 2008
Added: 27th July 2014
Likely ID: Theraphosidae
Identifications:2
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Description:

Wasp was dragging a paralysed Baboon Spider across the road.

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Baboon Spider 4web 0187

Baboon Spider 4web 0187
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Location: A15, Mtarazi Falls National Park
Observed: 19th September 2013
Added: 12th June 2014
Identifications:3
Agreements:1
Comments:19
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Theraphosid spider

Theraphosid spider
By: dherbert
Sea Slug AtlasSeaKeysToyota Enviro Outreach
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Location: Colleywobbles
Observed: 19th February 2006
Added: 7th June 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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An African Dictator

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By: _vynbos
Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers
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Location: Cape Union Mart, Century City, Cape Town
Observed: 24th May 2014
Added: 24th May 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:2
Description:

This spider took offense to a pen been offered and attacked the pen sinking its fangs in. But it didn't seem to have a problem with Norman's hand. I think it's to do with knowing their likes and dislikes. Apparently if they think your hand is part of the substrate, then it's not a threat to it. Norman has been bitten once and says that it didn't swell at all, but gave him a searing pain for 17 hours or so.
I guess what I learned is don't poke your finger in the face of a dictator. Always sound advice.

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Species with which Baboonspiders (Theraphosidae) interacts