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An unidentified (jumping?) spider killed by a massive fungal infestation. It looks like one of the Gibellula species (a.k.a. Torrubiella) as (genus) was suggested below. There is more than one species with visual (naked eye) similarity to this specimen. This ID must be regarded as PLAUSIBLE at best.
Spotted on an ornamental Hibiscus sp. shrub in a village yard. Surrounding semi-natural habitats included ocean beach, remnant coastal freshwater swamp forest /sago swamp and a coralline limestone ridge.
Great spotting, poor spider!
awful for the spider but what a spotting ! I hope this kills the spider quickly...
Thanks very much, Tom!
Great find and photo!
Thanks very much Braulio and Noel!
Wow! Great spot S Frazier!
A BBC documental.
Have you ever seen PLANET EARTH: JUNGLES?
Is an impressive documental about the wildlife in rainforests and there I saw fungus like those. Nice picture!
Thanks Mayra, Chief & Joshua!
wow great spotting man
Thanks kimkiu, Christine & Carol!
@myxomop I have created a record http://mushroomobserver.org/95666?q=Gliq...
Fantastic photo! It's amazing the distruction that fungus causes to the body.
Yes Thanks, I intend to upload the images once I locate the originals. No microphotographs available...Yes it is not a firm ID, amended to indicate this.
and the recommendation for uploading this to MushroomObserver still stands, with microphotos if at all possible.
Not possible to ID without a microscope. __Gibellula pulchra__ is only one of many entomopathogens that occur on adult arachnids. Knowing the ID of the host may be critical as well.
Thanks Leuba & Satyen!
I wasn't part of PN when you put this up - what an amazing spotting ! and very clear photos too...
Nice spotting. Never knew such phenomena's occur :-)
After a horrendously long time, I am moving this spotting from arthropods to fungi and giving it an (partial) ID. Thanks again to DaniKisso for his species suggestion so many months ago.
Thanks. No I didn't. Yes, at one of my locations. Thanks for the tip.
Outstanding. Did you save the specimen? Do you have access to a microscope? I'd highly suggest uploading this to MushroomObserver.org
Spotted on Aug 19, 2011
Submitted on Aug 24, 2011
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