Subject:  what is this spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  mindanao, philippines
Date: 01/16/2019
Time: 07:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi.. my daughter found this kind of spider which becomes her pet but we cant identify what kind of spidrr is this..hope you can help us..thanks..
How you want your letter signed:  Jean

Tree Stump Spider

Dear Jean,
In our opinion, this is not a Spider, but rather a Harvestman, a group of Arachnids in the order Opiliones.  Harvestmen do not have venom, so they are not a threat to humans.  Alas, we have not been able to find any matching images online, so we cannot verify the species identity of your Harvestman.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Christoper, who provided a link to Flying Kiwi, we now believe this IS a Spider, possibly a species of Orbweaver.

Update:  February 3, 3019
Thanks to a comment from frequent contributor Karl with links, we now believe we have a species identification for this Tree Stump Spider, Poltys illepidus.  Here is an image from Life Unseen.

 

Location: Mindanao, Philippines

5 Responses to Tree Stump Spider from The Philippines

  1. This is a spider, not a harvestman. I don’t know what kind it is but I think it may be some kind of orb-weaver. I did find another photo of the same species or something similar at http://www.richard-seaman.com/Travel/Philippines/Wildlife/index.html but without any ID.

  2. Karl Kroeker says:

    I believe this is a Tree Stump Spider (Araneidae: Poltys illepidus), found throughout Southeast Asia and Australia.

    http://www.findaspider.org.au/find/spiders/142.htm
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25507845307

  3. Karl Kroeker says:

    I believe this is a Tree Stump Spider (Araneidae: Poltys illepidus), found throughout Southeast Asia and Australia.

    http://www.findaspider.org.au/find/spiders/142.htm
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25507845307

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