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Phrynarachne melloleitoa

Phrynarachne melloleitoa

Description:

6 mm spider

Habitat:

garden


No species ID suggestions

17 Comments

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

Hi chun, can make this spider's common name - Crab Spider?
I see her everyday, close to her eggs still, but still on ground? She is alive and doing ok. I am hoping to see the little ones!

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/141...
link to another one of these, you have seen it Chun, just for every one else who enjoys this spider. and happy birthday to you too Chun!

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

wonderful, and ill keep an eye out for more of these amazing spiders! thank you Chun!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

I have discussed with Noah Rangers about this.
Norman Larsen can be trusted because he is one of the experts who created the spider checklist of De Hoop Nature Reserve in Western Cape which includes this species.
He was sure about the identification through his email message.
You could put up the species ID and mention Norman Larsen as a reference.
I will inform you if I have received any further notifications from him.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

Hi Chun, that is great, I actually thought I had more, of course if I spot this spider again i will send you the link! Do you think we should go with the ID you suggested?

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

Thanks for accepting the request, I have seen all your photographs of this spotting. Great species.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

you can find me on Smith's Zoo of FB, and i will load the pics for you.... very exciting and thanks for you help!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

Do you have a Flickr or FaceBook account where he (and I too) can view more photographs of this spotting ?

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

Norman Larsen can be contacted through his email stated here in his spiders website - http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/arac...

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

thank you Uday, but the eye pattern does not match that of a jumper.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

That is amazing Chun! Is he 100% sure? Then Ill change the ID! How fantastic, I am very excited about this. I took many more pics, but limited to 6 on PN. If you like ill send more pics your way or his?

Uday
Uday a year ago

may be its a jumping spider
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/630...

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

I have contacted Norman Larsen, a arachnologist also from Western Cape through email seeking identification help from him about this this spider.
He replied today saying that this is a female Phrynarachne melloleitoa.
Google image has not been able to provide photo results of Phrynarachne melloleitoa. Maybe this is a rare species.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

Yes it does looks alike that crab spider but the way it raised it's front legs is unusual for a crab spider. The position of the eyes too does not match those of a typical crab spider.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

hi Johan, in picture 4, do you also see the similarities with todays SOTP? the 4 small hind legs and 4 big front ones? with strange shape abdomen?
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/139...

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo a year ago

yes, he was very small and aggressive. i did not see a web, he was just walking about the leaves, and when it saw me immediately lifted the four front feet, almost warning me?

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns a year ago

Very interesting spider. Cannot find it in my references. Suspecting it is a net-caster or a hunter without a web judging from the forelegs.

Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -34.13, Long: 18.42

Spotted on Sep 4, 2012
Submitted on Sep 5, 2012

Spotted for mission

Reference

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