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- June 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm #263071
I’m posting this photo taken by a friend at the Central Catchment. Please help to ID.
Kok HuiJune 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm #290998sleepycatMember
hi Kok Hui,
don’t think this is Singapore Tarantula.
The carapace looks like that of a Lichen Huntsman….June 13, 2009 at 10:44 am #291223
Hi, Thanks for your reply. Yes, it’s not a Singapore Tarantula. Lichen Huntsman should have more pronounced jaws from the top view. I’m thinking Wolf Spider. Possible?June 14, 2009 at 11:40 am #291265araneusMember
Dear Kok Hui,
This is a good image of one of the dominant species of Singapore spiders commonly found in the forest leaf litter. It is not a tarantula. Although it does have some features in common with wolf spiders it is not a wolf spider. It instead belongs to the family Ctenidae and may be the species currently known as Ctenus floweri or one of its near relatives. Flower, after whom the spider may be named, was a British Army officer in the Royal Fusiliers. About 80-90 years ago he was the person who started the famous zoo in Cairo, Egypt!
Ctenid spiders, especially the Central and South American species, are endowed with a very toxic venom which has caused human deaths. To date there are no such records for the ctenids in South East Asia but it will pay to be cautious with this quick-moving animal!
very best wishes,
DavidJune 16, 2009 at 8:53 am #291424
Thank you for the ID and detailed info on this spider!
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