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Subject: A spider look like pufferfish
Location: Australia 4405
May 23, 2017 4:30 pm
What spider is this, it look like pufferfish, I found that in Australia, I did ask people around, they never saw that before.
Signature: Sam

Jewel Spider from Australia

Dear Sam,
This stunning Spider is known as a Jewel Spider according to the Brisbane Insect site that states:  “Jewel Spiders are also known as Six Spined Spider, Christmas spiders and Spiny Spiders. They can be found in summer, around Christmas time in Brisbane. Their abdomen has bright yellow and white patterns on black back ground. There are six spines on their back.”  According to Atlas of Living Australia, it is widely distributed around Australia and its scientific name is
Austracantha minax.  According to  “This species occurs throughout most of Australia in shrubby woodlands. It is Recorded from all states and territories, in coastal an inland areass. It builds a circular web between shrubs, sometimes this is reduced to a few supporting strands. Black spines around the abdomen and distinctive yellow, white and black markings make this spider easy to identify. Bite mildly painful, temporary local reaction. ♀ 8mm ♂ 5mm.”

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Subject:  Wandering Spider from Belize
Location:  Punta Gorda, Belize
May 21, 2017
Hello Daniel:
I continue to check your site regularly (still one of my favourites) but it’s been a while since I offered something for posting. I have been photographing a lot of spiders recently and have developed quite a fondness for wandering spiders (Family Ctenidae). I always look for them when we travel down to Central or South America. They are not hard to find but you generally have to look for them after nightfall. The attached photo is of a wandering spider (Cupiennius salei), one of many encountered on a night hike in a forest near Punta Gorda, Belize, earlier this year. I had already taken one to two photos of this one when it suddenly lunged out of frame to capture this hapless, and somewhat surprised looking, cricket. Have a great summer.

Wandering Spider eats Cricket

Hi Karl,
Thanks for allowing us to post your excellent image of a Wandering Spider,
Cupiennius salei.  The species is pictured on iNaturalist.

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Subject: Spider identification
Location: Missouri
May 19, 2017 7:59 am
Any chance you can help identify this spider?
Signature: Ryan

Brown Recluse Spider

Dear Ryan,
The shape of this spider sure looks like the shape of the Brown Recluse Spider,
Loxosceles reclusa, and sure enough when we enlarged and lightened the image, we could make out the distinctive “violin” marking on the cephalothorax.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution: This spider is venomous and can harm people, though large numbers of BRS are sometimes found in close proximity to people w/o their getting bitten. (2The Brown Recluse is very shy and nocturnal, therefore most likely encountered at night when it is foraging for food. During the day the brown recluse hides in secluded places.  An interesting fact is the brown recluse cannot bite through clothing because of its small fangs.  Most brown recluse bites result in only a small red mark and heal without serious complications.  The bite of the brown recluse is usually painless and many go unnoticed for as long as 2 to 8 hours or the victim may feel a stinging sensation later followed by intense pain. A small white blister develops at the site of the bite, followed by swelling of the area. This swollen area enlarges and becomes red. The site becomes painful and hard to the touch. A necrotic lesion develops and the affected tissue dies and slowly sloughs away exposing the underling tissue. This necrotic ulcer may persist for several months and heals slowly, leaving a sunken area of scar tissue.   It is exceedingly hard for a physician to correctly diagnose a “brown recluse bite” based simply on the wound characteristics.  In very rare cases, the bite may result in a systemic reaction accompanied by fever, chills, dizziness, rash or vomiting.”

Thanks for the reply, that’s what I feared!

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Subject: Castianeira crocata?
Location: Southwest Missouri
May 18, 2017 12:27 pm
Is this a Castianeira crocata? I’ve never seen this one before. Just found it in my basement.
Signature: TK

Ground Spider

Dear TK,
You are correct.  This is a Ground Spider,
Castianeira crocata, and BugGuide does not list a common name.  According to SpiderzRule, a close relative in the same genus, Castianeira descripta, is commonly called a Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider.  This is not considered a dangerous species to humans.

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Subject: Spider in Denver, CO
Location: Denver, Co
May 16, 2017 4:50 am
I found this little guy on my front porch on May 15, 2017. It was in the afternoon.
Signature: Barb in denver

Bold Jumper

Hi Barb,
This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  The green chelicerae and markings are a good match for the Bold Jumper,
Phidippus audax, which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Dominican Republic spider
Location: Dominican Republic
May 15, 2017 3:07 pm
Hi, I was just in Puerto plata Dominican Republic and found this in our bathroom shower on the resort. It wouldnt move when I put the shower on but it’s legs were long.
Signature: Corey

Male Huntsman Spider

Dear Corey,
This is a male Huntsman Spider,
Heteropoda venatoria, a species that is now found in warm climate port cities around the world, most likely because it was spread with banana shipments, giving it another common name of Banana Spider.  Huntsman Spiders do not build webs in which to snare prey, but they hunt nocturnally for cockroaches and other nocturnal prey, meaning they are frequently tolerated in homes in the tropics because of the advantage of having a patrolling Huntsman Spider eliminating unwanted guests with six or more legs.   Your individual appears to be dead.

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