Observations in the Family: Theraphosidae

Common Name: Baboonspiders

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Baby Baboon

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By: Rene HoenderdosRene Hoenderdos’s reputation in InvertebratesRene Hoenderdos’s reputation in InvertebratesRene Hoenderdos’s reputation in Invertebrates
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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Baboon spider

horned baboon spider
By: koosiekloekkoosiekloek’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Sabisand
Observed: 15th January 2016
Added: 24th January 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Baboon

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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: Mutinondo Wilderness
Observed: 6th December 2015
Added: 23rd December 2015
Likely ID: Pterinochilus
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:2
Description:

Paralysed by a wasp.

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Hunted Baboon Spider

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By: Mo_
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (Cape Town)
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Location: Scarborough
Observed: 29th November 2015
Added: 17th December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Watched this hapless spider being dragged into a hole by a wasp. The spider was clearly immobilised, but its legs did move a bit from time to time. During the process a fly kept hovering around the spider with great interest.

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Big black spider

Baboon spider?
By: MikeJennings
Location: Cape Town, Kirstenbosch
Observed: 14th December 2015
Added: 15th December 2015
Likely ID: Harpactira atra
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

About 10 cm in diameter, including the legs

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Baboon Spider

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By: Mo_
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (Cape Town)
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Location: Silvermine East
Observed: 6th December 2015
Added: 11th December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:3
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A very aggressive spider - what is it?

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By: cmerry
Botanical Society of South AfricaCrew (Cape Peninsula)Friends of Silvermine Nature AreaMountain Club of SA (Cape Town)
Location: Jeep track, Silvermine east
Observed: 10th December 2015
Added: 10th December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

This spider was jumping up to attack my dog, which was curious. I called him away and was able to take photos. Still the spiderdid not run away. I have not seen one like this before and would llike to know what it is and whether it is poisonous.

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Spider

Spider
By: ernitavw@gmail.com
Early Detection Rapid Response Unit SANBISouth African National Biodiversity Institute
Location: Kirstenbosch Gardens
Observed: 17th November 2015
Added: 8th December 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Hairy black spider

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Baboon spider

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By: vynbos
Custodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersSeaKeys
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Location: M64, Silver Mine (Nature Reserve)
Observed: 6th December 2015
Added: 6th December 2015
Likely ID: Harpactira atra
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:7
Description:

Seen walking through the veld rather determinedly. Males walk around outside their burrows more than females. It seems like a young spider.
Abdomen covered in sparse red hairs. White/beige fringe around the carapace. body length 40-50mm.

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JC6

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By: JCulverwellJCulverwell’s reputation in InvertebratesJCulverwell’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Observed: 17th November 2015
Added: 2nd December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Only one seen in garden in two years. Not measured, large!

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Baboon spider (Theraphosidae)

Baboon spider (Theraphosidae)
By: Welwitsch
Botanical Society of South AfricaInternational Euphorbia SocietySucculent Society of South Africa
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Observed: 10th November 2015
Added: 29th November 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:4
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Baboon spider

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By: Christopher Whi...Christopher Whitehouse’s reputation in InvertebratesChristopher Whitehouse’s reputation in InvertebratesChristopher Whitehouse’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Observed: 20th November 2015
Added: 20th November 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Baboon Spider - Harpadtirinae

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By: ProffMeyersProffMeyers’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Grahamstown Botanical Garden
Observed: 14th October 2015
Added: 13th November 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Baboon Spider - Harpadtirinae, found under a rock

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Legless

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By: Michael McSweeney
BirdLife South AfricaBotanical Society of South AfricaCape Bird ClubSouth African National Parks Honorary Rangers
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Location: Karoo National Park
Observed: 23rd October 2015
Added: 1st November 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Baboon spider without a leg...

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Baboon spider

Baboon spider
By: Leani van Antwerpen
Location: Mount Edgecombe
Observed: 2nd June 2015
Added: 31st October 2015
Identifications:3
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

Large dark brown spider

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Large Black Hairy Spider

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By: fcholdtfcholdt’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Buchu Hiking Trail, West Coast DC
Observed: 24th October 2015
Added: 26th October 2015
Likely ID: Harpactira atra
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Spider

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By: JoubertJoubert’s reputation in InvertebratesJoubert’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Bergsig - Lodge
Observed: 16th October 2015
Added: 17th October 2015
Identifications:3
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Spider

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By: qgrobler
Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency
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Location: East London
Observed: 16th October 2015
Added: 17th October 2015
Likely ID: Brachionopus
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Porseleinberg kitten

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By: magrietb
Custodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersLepidopterists' Society of AfricaSeaKeysSpider Club of South Africa
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Location: Swartdam Farm Site 2
Observed: 12th September 2015
Added: 13th September 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:9
Description:

I must have seen a hundred or more burrows in three small sites on this day. We finally managed to entice one inhabitant out by tickling her tonsils with a blade of grass, it felt just like playing with a kitten as she grabbed hold of the grass and pawed in our direction. I've never been patient enough to get a burrowing spider out in the open but not even vynbos's terrified squeals could perturb this one.

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Black hairy spider

Black hairy spider
By: Russell GaltRussell Galt’s reputation in InvertebratesRussell Galt’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Main entrance to Kirstenbosch
Observed: 11th December 2014
Added: 6th July 2015
Identifications:3
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

I saw this large spider about the side of a hand palm crossing the road outside the SANBI Finance Offices.

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Baboon Spider

Baboon Spider
By: elzettek
Observed: 23rd May 2015
Added: 25th May 2015
Likely ID: Harpactira atra
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:2
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Baboon spider

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By: AlexanderR
Western Leopard Toad Volunteer
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Location: Kleinmond mountains
Observed: 17th May 2015
Added: 18th May 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Under rock

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Small Baboon Spider II

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By: Jeffrey GroenewaldJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Danielshoogte Private Reserve, Cottages
Observed: 1st May 2015
Added: 12th May 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Small baboon spider (body length approx. 1.5cm) with grey-black legs covered in prominent "hairs". Cephalothorax dark grey and brown and abdomen covered in reddish brown "hairs". Found in a silk-lined tunnel under a rock. Somewhat agitated when discovered, but quite slow to move away - possibly due to cold temperature.

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Small Baboon Spider

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By: Jeffrey GroenewaldJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Danielshoogte Private Reserve, Cottages
Observed: 1st May 2015
Added: 12th May 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Small baboon spider (body length approx. 1.5-2cm) with light grey legs - first segment (closest to the cephalothorax) of each leg darker in colour than the rest - and a light grey-brown abdomen with darker patterns. Dorsal side of cephalothorax dark grey to black in colour with light brown patterns. Spider found in a silk-lined tunnel under a rock. Quite docile - possibly due to the fairly cold temperature - and made no attempt to escape when placed back on the ground, even allowed itself to be rolled over onto its side.

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Black Baboon Spider

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By: Jeffrey GroenewaldJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Danielshoogte Private Reserve, Cottages
Observed: 1st May 2015
Added: 11th May 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Medium sized baboon spider (body length approx. 6cm). Entire body velvety black with no obvious markings or patterns. Longer dark-grey "hairs" scattered over the abdomen and legs. A brown baboon spider skin was found in the spiders burrow: it looked quite fresh and the spider seemed fairly sluggish and docile suggesting that it may recently have moulted.

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Horned Baboon Spider

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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
Observed: 22nd April 2015
Added: 3rd May 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Baboon Spider

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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
Observed: 14th April 2015
Added: 3rd May 2015
Likely ID: Brachionopus
Identifications:3
Agreements:3
Comments:0
Description:

small baboon spider.

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Horned Baboon Spider

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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
Observed: 18th April 2015
Added: 3rd May 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:4
Description:

What is the biggest spider in Southern Africa? Is it this species or is there something even bigger?

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Baboon Spider

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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
Observed: 31st March 2015
Added: 3rd May 2015
Identifications:3
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Bobbejaanspinnekop

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By: Jannie Groenewald
Custodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersOverberg Lowlands Conservation Trust
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Location: Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve
Observed: 29th April 2015
Added: 29th April 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Species with which Baboonspiders (Theraphosidae) interacts