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Old May 18, 2007, 1:02 PM   #1
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Had some time off in the pm today, and went down to the nature reserve to take some shots. Spotted this huge Sac spider on the railing! About 5 cm wide with the legs spread, but the body is about 1.5cm long. Very shy, and when I spotted it, it was laying on the railing. After a few shots it hid under the railing.

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#1: The Sac Spider (6T+sigma CU)
I believe its the Slended Sac Spider


#2: Wide Span (6T + Sigma CU)


#3: Fierce Face (Raynox 250)


#4: Large Fangs (Raynox 250)


#5: 8 black round eyes (6T+sigma CU)
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Old May 18, 2007, 1:16 PM   #2
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Great series Tan. Love the last few closeups. Interesting that all of it`s eyes are forward facing, the spiders i`ve photographed here have side positioned eyes as well as the forward facing ones.

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Old May 18, 2007, 1:18 PM   #3
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Great series Tan. Love the last few closeups. Interesting that all of it`s eyes are forward facing, the spiders i`ve photographed here have side positioned eyes as well as the forward facing ones.

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Thanks. Well, not really sure they are forward facing or not as they are all black. Could have some rear view capapbility for all you know.
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Old May 18, 2007, 2:57 PM   #4
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Nice series, I like them all.

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Old May 18, 2007, 5:05 PM   #5
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Those are great! It looks alot like the Giant Crab Spiders we have around here.
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Old May 18, 2007, 8:29 PM   #6
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Thanks Emanuel and Vaiboy!

Vaiboy, wow your crab spider must be giagantic!
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Old May 18, 2007, 9:32 PM   #7
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Well, the giant crab spider is pretty big most people around here mistake them for a wolf spideror a small tarantula. Their legs normally spread about 4-5 inches. Most of our crab spiders look nearly identical to the crab spider Sven posted earlier, they are about the same size as a housefly. I don't see the giants very often but a customer where I work had one in his back seat a few days ago. I should start taking my camera to work.

This is our giant crab spider, my avatar is a closeup of it's face.


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Very large fangs indeed. A good thing they don't get upset and attack photographers.
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Old May 18, 2007, 10:19 PM   #9
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Thanks Steve!

Vaiboy, I think the spider you mentioned is not a Crab spider. Crab spider eyes are pretty small. It looks like the Sac Spider instead.
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Old May 18, 2007, 11:01 PM   #10
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They got the namegiant crab spider from the way they move. They sometimes run sideways like a crab.

http://www.desertmuseum.org/books/nh...rab_spider.php
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