Location: Morogoro and Mabibo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
February 12, 2011 11:53 pm
I took this picture in 2008 while in Morogoro, Tanzania (a rural area). I still have no idea what it is, and have done a fair share of googling to figure it out. Three years later and still unsuccessful at finding an answer. I was about 2 inches away from this thing to take the picture, but it was worth the risk. If it helps at all, its web was strung under the shade of a tree.
I also wanted to know if you had any idea about the common types of tree spiders in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital. Unfortunately the pictures I had were useless in identification, but I can tell you this–they seemed to be in colonies, strung high in the trees together, and (i kid you not) roughly the size of my hand. Once again, I was unsuccessful in identifying the absolutely unbelievable creatures.
Thank you for your help. I have been curious for so long, and any comments are greatly appreciated.
This is a Spiny Orbweaver, and we believe it may be in the genus Gasteracantha, though we need to do some additional research to verify that identification. We found a blog with postings of Horned Spiders that look quite similar, and they are in the genus Gasteracantha. ZipcodeZoo lists numerous species in the genus. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to properly identify the species. Your other request might be Golden Silk Spiders in the genus Nephila.