Observations in the Family: Theraphosidae

Common Name: Baboonspiders

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Rain Spider on Strelitzia

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Location: Helderberg, Parking Lots
Observed: 6th December 2014
Added: 18th April 2015
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Brown rain spider (body length approx. 2.5cm) with small, but distinct white markings on abdomen and cephalothorax. Found during a night walk.

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Spider

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By: albrecht@saeon.ac.za
Location: Goukamma
Observed: 2nd August 2001
Added: 1st April 2015
Identifications:1
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Spider

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By: albrecht@saeon.ac.za
Location: Goukamma
Observed: 9th August 2001
Added: 1st April 2015
Identifications:1
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Baboon Spider

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By: Andrew Hankey
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Location: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Observed: 20th March 2015
Added: 27th March 2015
Identifications:1
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Baboon Spider (Golden)

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Location: Medike
Observed: 10th February 2015
Added: 20th March 2015
Likely ID: Harpactirella
Identifications:1
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Soccer Mom

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Pietersrivier
Observed: 27th February 2015
Added: 28th February 2015
Identifications:1
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Comments:4
Description:

Large spider with egg sac.

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Augacephalus

Baboon Spider along bank of Muari River 5
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Location: Bank of the Muari River
Observed: 14th June 2013
Added: 27th February 2015
Identifications:2
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Silk lined hole

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Location: Farm Kyffhäuser, Maltahöhe, Namibia
Observed: 20th December 2014
Added: 18th February 2015
Identifications:3
Agreements:1
Comments:1
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Baboon Spider

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Location: Stilbaai
Observed: 28th January 2015
Added: 3rd February 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

Body length 33mm (without legs)

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Rear Horned Baboon Spider

Baboon Spider
By: Finyeti
Location: Nothern KNP
Observed: 16th October 2013
Added: 2nd February 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
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Horned Baboon Spider

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Location: Waterberg NP
Observed: 16th March 2009
Added: 30th January 2015
Identifications:2
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Description:

Observed at night on the tar road up to the chalets

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Baboon spider

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By: Ricky Taylor
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Location: Grass site 2, Mgobezeleni
Observed: 22nd January 2015
Added: 25th January 2015
Likely ID: Theraphosidae
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Description:

Leg-span about 6 cm

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Black Spider

Black spider
By: jewels
Scouts South AfricaSenior Scout Adventure
Location: Above Algeria Cederberg
Observed: 20th December 2014
Added: 15th January 2015
Likely ID: Harpactira atra
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
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Dead Baboon Spider

Dead Baboon Spider
By: vynbos
Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers
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Location: Haarwegskloof, OLCT
Observed: 20th December 2014
Added: 4th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Description:

40mm body

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Harpactira?

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Location: Chongwe
Observed: 12th December 2014
Added: 14th December 2014
Identifications:1
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Description:

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
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed: 24th November 2014
Added: 25th November 2014
Identifications:2
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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
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed: 24th November 2014
Added: 25th November 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:2
Description:

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
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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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Location: Medike Mountain Sanctuary
Observed: 24th September 2014
Added: 14th October 2014
Likely ID: Harpactirella
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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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
Agreements:0
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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
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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)

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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
Agreements:0
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Harpactira (Common baboon spider)

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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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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
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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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Species with which Baboonspiders (Theraphosidae) interacts