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Common Housefly Catcher spider (male)

Plexippus petersi


Photos taken just seconds after this critter jumped on his dinner (another spider). 3rd photo: flash effect. Toe-to-toe he measured approx.(*) 1.5 cm (0.6 inches).


Hills overlooking Manila


After taking the photos I tried to get up close with a ruler to take his measurements(*)... But he was sure living up to his name - jumping around like Zebedee from Magic Roundabout. (You probably have to be a fairly ancient Brit to understand that! :-) )

1 Species ID Suggestions

Common Housefly Catcher
Plexippus petersi common housefly catcher spider (plexippus petersi)

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AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Thanks for the confirmation!

Raiyan Ahmed
Raiyan Ahmed 10 years ago

Yes indeed! I mentioned it in one of my comments.. Its a Petersi as well.. :-)

AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

@ ChunXingWong and Raiyan Ahmed: Do you think this other spotting (also eating!) - - is the same species?
The ID suggested for that one was Plexippus paykulli.

AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

ID updated.

AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Thanks so much for the ID ChunXingWong and Raiyan Ahmed!

Raiyan Ahmed
Raiyan Ahmed 10 years ago

Its a male Plexippus Petersi.. A common housefly catcher.. :-)

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

A house-dwelling spider feeding on another house-dwelling spider, a rare sight.

Spotted by

Quiapo, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 10, 2011
Submitted on Oct 11, 2011

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