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Spitting Spider

Scytodes thoracica




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Spitting spider
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rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 8 years ago

Thanks João!

João Burini
João Burini 8 years ago

Fishing spiders have a different eye configuration, notice this one has only 6 eyes

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 8 years ago

No problem Gina !

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

Ruben, I might not be able to name them today coz I am experiencing some problem with my system again, but its in my email I will go back to it if not later, tomorrow.

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

yes ruben you are right, I realized that earlier on they are both jumping spiders actually.

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 8 years ago

Gina, the two other pictures are from the same spider, in the same place. I took the pictures some hours ago.

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

The other two are jumping spider and wolf spider. I will check the species for you.

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

The answer is no Ruben. They hunt by waiting at the edge of a pool or stream, then when they detect the ripples from prey, they run across the surface to subdue it using their foremost legs, which are tipped with small claws; like other spiders they then inject venom with their hollow jaws to kill and digest the prey. They mainly eat insects, but some larger species are able to catch small fish. They can also climb beneath the water, when they become encased in a silvery film of air.

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 8 years ago

Gina, it´s expected that this spider use web to catch small insects ? (look two other pictures that I post today).

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

you are welcome Ruben anytime. the other spider is really cool too!

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 8 years ago

Hi Gina,
Thanks for the ID. I think you are right. I believe I have already seen of of this fishing spider here.

Another spider very common here is this:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/653...

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

ruben, I believed this tiny baby spider will grow-up as an adult dolomedes tenebrosus fishing spider.

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 8 years ago

Hi Gina, there is a lake 500 meters from where I found it. I found It in a empty termite nest. The size is about 5mm.

Rubens Araujo
Rubens Araujo 8 years ago

Boa !!!! Xará !!!!

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

first instar molting, ruben can you tell me if possible, the habitat, any body of water around? and the size if that's ok thank you.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

The head looks like an alien's head!

rubens.luciano
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rubens.luciano

Caçapava, São Paulo, Brazil

Lat: -23.15, Long: -45.73

Spotted on Aug 3, 2011
Submitted on Aug 3, 2011

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