Unidentified

Picture ID 132603

Picture of unidentified spider
  • Submitted by: 
    VIKTORIAD
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2020
  • Photographed: Oct 15, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Tagaytay, Philippines
  • Spotted Outdoors: Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc)
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes:
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TangledWeb

I’ve never had “waiting for approval” appear on this forum before. Is the government where you live screening emails for key words? They may be watching for animal smugglers.

Helper-Harvestman

I’ve had it list “waiting for approval” before on some of my comments; I haven’t been able to figure out a rhyme or reason for why it does that. One theory I had is that it places comments with too many hyperlinks into a waiting bin for the mod to approve. But there must be more to it than that, as I’ve also seen “waiting for approval” applied to comments with no hyperlinks.

TangledWeb

Thanks! I don’t know all of the stuff the site can do since it changed to include more functions about a year ago. Not all of it is logical. Note that in the photo gallery some spiders are alphabetical by species taxon rather than genus and that some photos are lumped together in the wrong places. The site looks different on different browsers. I’m using Safari.

Helper-Harvestman

Ah, very interesting. Yes, I’ve noticed that some of our indices are rather confused. Especially with the common species name hesperus. The photo entry for Latrodectus hesperus also shows pictures of Colonus hesperus, and vice versa.

Are we equipped to ID tarantulas found in the pet trade or would a specialist site be better for that? I briefly tried to recruit us a tarantula expert but he vanished and I never saw him again. Do you have a good recommendation?

TangledWeb

Yes, I was going to use “hesperus” as an example. We can guess at the pet tarantulas that have obvious traits, like pink feet. We, scientifically can’t identify any Arachnids to genus from photos. Tarantulas and some Tetragnathidae, we don’t attempt. Beware of the poachers that try to use our site to buy wild tarantulas people find. They also pose as volunteers and ask for the specific locations the tarantulas and other $valuable$ spiders were found. I haven’t needed to have them blocked, I write statements like, “Wildlife poaching attempts are not permitted here. Nobody should give out their specific… Read more »

Helper-Harvestman

Poaching? Oh, ouch! Good to know. I’ll try to remember to refer tarantula IDs to Arachnoboards in the future.