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Unknown orbweaver

Ocrepeira sp.


Tiny spider - about 2 mm in diameter. Poss Ocrepeira yaelae.


Found on the motor canoe taking us down the Napa river to our lodge.

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62 Comments (1–25)

KarenL 8 years ago

Absolutely Mark & Lauren!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice to have a possible family name but also nice to know the experts haven't seen it before.

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Wonderful news on this one!

KarenL 9 years ago

We may have got a little closer to identifying this little guy - Mandy howe passed the photo on to Dr. Adalberto Santos, an arachnoligist with ICB/UFMG department of Zoology who is researching Araneidae in South America. His reply was: "Nice picture! This looks like a member of the genus *Ocrepeira* (family Araneidae), but it wouldn't be possible to determine the species by a photo. We should have the specimen to examine to say anything beyond that. I can say I have never seen any species like this, but it could as well be a juvenile."

Mandy has used this as a starting point & has identified similarities in body shape to Ocrepeira yaelae though the colors do not match those of the adult specimens she has found.

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you sintija!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 9 years ago

So cute!!! :)) Amazing spotting! :))

Uday 9 years ago

same problem I am facing with my lynxs.. :(

KarenL 9 years ago

Very possibly Uday. I've had no luck identifying the species & have posted it on many spider boards. Thanks for the link.

Uday 9 years ago
KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks ceejay! Unfortunately no one else seems to have seen one either so I can't put a name to the species yet!

ceejayalyssa 9 years ago

so cute. never seen one like this, great colors

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Env!

KarenL 9 years ago

It does Jemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

looks a little like a hermit crab?

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Cindy - it was only the size of a pinhead so I'm amazed I found it, especially as we were in a motor canoe traveling at speed & getting soaked by torrential rain!

Wow, not sure how I missed this one. Great spotting, Karen!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Jason!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

That's amazing spider man! :D

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Andrea! You are right - it does look like a kid's art!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago

WOW looks like a kids art project. Very colourful! Good spotting Karen!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Daniel - it could well be this photo you've seen elsewhere as I posted it on a few of the boards!

DanielWhitlock 9 years ago

I believe I have seen this kind of spider before in a forum elsewhere. Quite a unique specimen! I'll start researching and let you know if I come up with anything tangible.

KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks for the link Adarsha. I will send them the pic & see if they have any ideas.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Thats a special one! Wonderful....
This link may give some insights...

KarenL 10 years ago

Part of me is kind of hoping I don't Atul - it would be really cool to discover a new species!

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Provincia de Orellana, Ecuador

Spotted on Dec 4, 2012
Submitted on Dec 8, 2012

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