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Spiders of Madagascar

Spiders of Madagascar

In June 2018 I led a week-long bug-hunting adventure to Madagascar, and managed to document over 20 families of spiders. This post serves as a checklist of spiders that I had encountered, and I am slowly getting them identified to genus where possible.

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, situated off the coast of East Africa. It broke away from the Indian subcontinent when Gondwana was split some 88 million years ago . This allowed its native flora and fauna to evolve in isolation, resulting in an endemicism of over 90% [1]. This means that over 90% of the wildlife found in Madagascar cannot be found anywhere else on earth! Interestingly, several genera of spiders were common in Southeast Asia as well and that could be attributed to its pre-Gondwana-breakaway era.

Thank You

Thanks to the following for helping with the trip logistics and planning:

  • Madagascar Wildlife for all logistics arrangements. If you do engage them for your trip, let them know that you found them through this site!
  • Chien C. Lee for numerous helpful recommendations.
  • Serge Pasquasy for many recommendations and tips to find Archaeidae. :)

Wefie with Calumma brevicorne - 20180607_065610xSpecial thanks to my awesome travel mates for sharing all the spiders that they found. It was a fantastic experience with such a cohesive and synergistic group, where everyone made sure the rest got a good chance to photograph whatever we found.

This trip wouldn't have been the same without you, and I'm sure that we'll remember this trip for a long time to come: Jason Jong, Timothy Smith, Bart d'Herde, Tom Astle, Paul DeZeeuw, Mok, Tom Myers, Roy Dunn and Cham. Thanks also to our drivers Patrick and Johnny, and our guides Nestor, Julien and his son!

This page documents a list of all the spiders that I've photographed and sorted in taxonomic fashion. Many identifications were possible with help from many kind folks, especially the following:

  • Matjaž Gregorič for Caerostris identifications
  • Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman for Thomisidae identifications
  • Martin Ramirez for Trachelidae & Viridasiidae identifications
  • Miguel Machado for some Thomisidae identifications
  • Szuts Tamas for some Salticidae identifications
  • Fabio De Vita for Latrodectus identications

Identifications are usually not very accurate when done from photos alone. Please let me know if you spot any mistakes. If you like this checklist, you would probably be interested in the Mozambique BugShot 2018 Checklist as well.

Macro Photography Equipment

All photos in this post were taken with the Nikon D850, Tamron 90mm and Laowa 2:1 100mm (not available yet), sometimes with a cctv lens attached. Almost all shots were lighted with a wireless macro flash system Meike MK-MT24 mounted on FotoPro DMM-903s flexible flash arms.

Legend

Male
Female
(Juv)  Juvenile

Phylum: Arthropoda Lankester, 1904

Class: Arachnida Lamarck, 1801

Order: Araneae Clerck, 1757

Family: Araneidae Clerck, 1757

Genus: Acrosomoides Acrosomoides Simon, 1887

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_9457

Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) (Juv)

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_9358

Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_1639

Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) (Juv)

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_9881

Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_0233

Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_1636

Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) ♀

Genus: Arachnura Vinson, 1863

Scorpion-tailed spider (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_9556

Arachnura sp. ♀ 9556

Scorpion-tailed spider (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_9545

Arachnura sp. ♀ 9545

Scorpion-tailed spider (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_0635

Arachnura sp. ♀ 0635

Scorpion-tailed spider (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_0642

Arachnura sp. ♀ 0642

Genus: Araneus Clerck, 1757

Orb weaver spider (cf. Araneus sp.) - DSC_0275

cf. Araneus sp. 0275

Orb weaver spider (cf. Araneus sp.) - DSC_0280

cf. Araneus sp. 0280

Genus: Argiope Audouin, 1826

Zigzag spider (Argiope ranomafanensis) - DSC_8004

Argiope ranomafanensis Bjørn, 1997 ♀

Genus: Augusta O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1877

Kite orb weaver (Augusta glyphica) - DSC_3004

Augusta glyphica (Guérin, 1839) ♀

Kite orb weaver (Augusta glyphica) - DSC_2956

Augusta glyphica (Guérin, 1839) ♀

Kite orb weaver (Augusta glyphica) - DSC_3017

Augusta glyphica (Guérin, 1839) ♀

Genus: Caerostris Thorell, 1868

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris almae) - DSC_8897b

Caerostris almae Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris almae) - DSC_8555b

Caerostris almae Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris almae) - DSC_7172

Caerostris almae Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris almae) - DSC_7228

Caerostris almae Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris almae) - DSC_6648

Caerostris almae Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris darwini) - DSC_6642

Caerostris darwini Kuntner & Agnarsson, 2010 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris bojani) - DSC_2918

Caerostris bojani Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris bojani) - DSC_2927

Caerostris bojani Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris bojani) - DSC_6674

Caerostris bojani Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris extrusa) - DSC_7392

Caerostris extrusa Butler, 1882 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_9712

Caerostris cf. extrusa Butler, 1882 (Juv)

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_9719

Caerostris cf. extrusa Butler, 1882 (Juv)

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_1683

Caerostris sp. (Juv) 1683

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_1689

Caerostris sp. (Juv) 1689

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris cf. darwini) - DSC_1314

Caerostris cf. darwini Kuntner & Agnarsson, 2010 (Juv) 1314

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_1903

Caerostris sp. (Juv) 1903

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_2833

Caerostris sp. (Juv) 2833

Genus: Cyclosa Menge, 1866

Trashline orb weaver (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_7917

Cyclosa sp. ♀ 7917

Trashline orb weaver (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_1947

Cyclosa sp. ♀ 1947

Genus: Cyrtophora Simon, 1864

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora cf. citricola) - DSC_6883

Cyrtophora cf. citricola (Forsskål, 1775) ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora cf. citricola) - DSC_6880

Cyrtophora cf. citricola (Forsskål, 1775) ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora sp.) - DSC_0142

Cyrtophora sp. 0142

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora sp.) - DSC_0144

Cyrtophora sp. 0144

Genus: Gasteracantha Sundevall, 1833

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha versicolor formosa) - DSC_7036

Gasteracantha versicolor formosa Vinson, 1863 ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha versicolor formosa) - DSC_1358

Gasteracantha versicolor formosa Vinson, 1863 ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_7842

Gasteracantha sp. ♂

Genus: Gea C. L. Koch, 1843

Orb weaver spider (cf. Gea sp.) - DSC_7979

cf. Gea sp. ♀

Genus: Lipocrea Thorell, 1878

Grass orb weaver (cf. Lipocrea sp.) - DSC_0619

cf. Lipocrea sp.

Genus: Neoscona Simon, 1864

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_6656

Neoscona sp. ♀

Orb weaver spider (cf. Neoscona sp.) - DSC_6855

cf. Neoscona sp.

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_8498

Neoscona sp. 8498

Hairy orb weaver spiderlings (cf. Neoscona sp.) - DSC_2337

cf. Neoscona sp. (Juv) 2337

Genus: Nephila Leach, 1815

Golden orb weaver (Nephila inaurata madagascariensis) - DSC_8509

Nephila inaurata madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) Sub ♀

Golden orb weaver (Nephila inaurata madagascariensis) - DSC_8537

Nephila inaurata madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Genus: Nephilingis Kuntner, 2013

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_6914

Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863)

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_7047

Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863)

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_0553

Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863)

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_2106

Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Genus: Poltys C. L. Koch, 1843

Tree-stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_8888c

Poltys sp. ♀ 8888

Tree stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_8949x

Poltys sp. ♀ 9792

Tree stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_1286b

Poltys sp. ♀ 1286

Tree stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_1297

Poltys sp. ♀ 1297

Tree-stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_2782

Poltys sp. ♀ 2782

Tree-stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_2780

Poltys sp. ♀ 2780

Genus: Prasonica Simon, 1895

Orb weaver spider (Prasonica cf. seriata) - DSC_6725

Prasonica cf. seriata Simon, 1895

Cucumber orb weaver (Prasonica cf. seriata) - DSC_8784

Prasonica cf. seriata Simon, 1895

Genus: Unknown

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - DSC_2022

Araneidae 2022

Family: Archaeidae C. L. Koch & Berendt, 1854

Genus: Eriauchenius O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1881

Assassin spider / Pelican spider (Eriauchenius sp.) - DSC_8700

Eriauchenius sp. 8700

Assassin spider / Pelican spider (Eriauchenius sp.) - DSC_8710b

Eriauchenius sp. 8710

Assassin spider / Pelican spider (Eriauchenius sp.) - ESC_0089

Eriauchenius sp. ♂ 0089

Assassin spider / Pelican spider (Eriauchenius sp.) - ESC_0128

Eriauchenius sp. ♂ 0128

Assassin spider / Pelican spider (Eriauchenius sp.) - DSC_0442

Eriauchenius sp. ♂ 0442

Assassin spider / Pelican spider (Eriauchenius sp.) - DSC_2729

Eriauchenius sp. ♀ 2729

Family: Ctenidae Keyserling, 1877

Wandering spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_6919

Ctenidae 6919

Family: Deinopidae C. L. Koch,1850

Genus: Deinopis MacLeay, 1839

Net-casting spider (Deinopis cf. madagascariensis) - DSC_8776

Deinopis cf. madagascariensis Lenz, 1886

Net-casting spider (Deinopis cf. madagascariensis) - DSC_8780

Deinopis cf. madagascariensis Lenz, 1886

Net-casting spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_9777

Deinopis sp. ♀ 9777

Net-casting spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_9922

Deinopis sp. ♀ 9922

Net-casting spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_2950

Deinopis sp. ♀ 2950

Net-casting spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_2948

Deinopis sp. ♀ 2948

Family: Eutichuridae Lehtinen, 1967

Genus: Cheiracanthium C. L. Koch, 1839

Long-legged sac spider (cf. Cheiracanthium sp.) - DSC_8900

cf. Cheiracanthium sp. ♂ 8900

Long-legged sac spider (cf. Cheiracanthium sp.) - DSC_8906

cf. Cheiracanthium sp. ♂ 8906

Sac spider (Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum) - DSC_6895

Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum Simon, 1897

Sac spider (Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum) - DSC_6901

Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum Simon, 1897

Sac spider (Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum) - DSC_6973

Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum Simon, 1897

Sac spider (Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum) - DSC_6977

Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum Simon, 1897

Sac spider (Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum) - DSC_0599

Cheiracanthium cf. leucophaeum Simon, 1897 ♂

Family: Gnaphosidae Pocock, 1898

Flat-bellied spider (Gnaphosidae) - DSC_2114

Gnaphosidae 2114

Family: Hersiliidae Thorell, 1870

Two-tailed spider (Hersiliidae) - DSC_6889

Hersiliidae 6889

Family: Linyphiidae Blackwall,1859

Genus: Microlinyphia Gerhardt, 1928

Sheet weaver spider (cf. Microlinyphia sp.) - DSC_7835

cf. Microlinyphia sp.

Family: Liocranidae Simon,1897

Genus: Donuea Strand, 1932

Long-jawed sac spider (Donuea sp.) - DSC_9786

Donuea sp. ♀

Long-jawed sac spider (Donuea sp.) - DSC_9792

Donuea sp. ♀

Long-jawed spider (Donuea sp.) - DSC_8618

Donuea sp. ♂

Long-legged sac spider (cf. Donuea sp.) - DSC_1681

Donuea sp. ♂ ♀?

Long-legged sac spider (Donuea sp.) - DSC_2455

Donuea sp. ♀ 2455

Long-legged sac spider (Donuea sp.) - DSC_2455b

Donuea sp. ♀ 2455

Family: Lycosidae Sundevall, 1833

Wolf spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_2117

Lycosidae 2117

Family: Oxyopidae Thorell, 1870

Genus: Oxyopes Latreille, 1804

Lynx spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_6863

cf. Oxyopes sp.

Lynx spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_6869

cf. Oxyopes sp.

Lynx spider (Oxyopes sp.) - DSC_1119

Oxyopes sp. 1119

Lynx spider (Oxyopes sp.) - DSC_1118

Oxyopes sp. 1118

Genus: Peucetia Thorell, 1869

Green lynx spider (Peucetia madagascariensis) - DSC_7249

Peucetia madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Green lynx spider (Peucetia madagascariensis) - DSC_7254

Peucetia madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Green lynx spider (Peucetia madagascariensis) - DSC_7884

Peucetia madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Green lynx spider (Peucetia madagascariensis) - DSC_7873

Peucetia madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Lynx spider (Peucetia sp.) - DSC_9482

Peucetia sp. 9482

Lynx spider (Peucetia sp.) - DSC_9488

Peucetia sp. 9488

Green lynx spider (Peucetia sp.) - DSC_0151

Peucetia cf. madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Family: Pholcidae C. L. Koch, 1850

Genus: Unknown

Daddy-long-legs spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_2446b

Pholcidae ♂ 2446

Daddy-long-legs spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_2353

Pholcidae 2353

Daddy-long-legs spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_9322

Pholcidae 9322

Family: Pisauridae Simon, 1890

Genus: Euprosthenopsis Blandin, 1974

Nursery web spider (Euprosthenopsis sp.) - DSC_1008b

Euprosthenopsis sp. 1008

Nursery web spider (Euprosthenopsis sp.) - DSC_1021

Euprosthenopsis sp. 1021

Genus: Hygropoda Thorell, 1894

Pisaurid spider (cf. Pisauridae) - DSC_0168

cf. Hygropoda sp.

Pisaurid spider (cf. Pisauridae) - DSC_0168b

cf. Hygropoda sp.

Genus: Unknown

Nursery web spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_7925

Pisauridae 7925

Nursery web spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_7936

Pisauridae 7936

Nursery web spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_0593

Pisauridae 0593

Nursery web spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_0424

cf. Pisauridae 0424

Nursery web spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_7125

Pisauridae 7125

Nursery web spider (cf. Pisauridae) - DSC_8628

Pisauridae 8628

Pisaurid spider (cf. Pisauridae) - DSC_9721

Pisauridae 9721

Pisaurid spider (cf. Pisauridae) - DSC_9730

Pisauridae 9730

Pisaurid spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_1784

Pisauridae 1784
Possibly Senoculidae

Pisaurid spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_1792

Pisauridae 1792
Possibly Senoculidae

Nursery web spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_2049

cf. Pisauridae 2049

Family: Salticidae Blackwall, 1841

Genus: Asemonea O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1869

Jumping spider (Asemonea sp.) - DSC_7083

Asemonea sp. 7083

Jumping spider (Asemonea sp.) - DSC_7090

Asemonea sp. 7090

Jumping spider (Asemonea sp.) - DSC_7809

Asemonea sp. 7809

Jumping spider (Asemonea sp.) - DSC_7815

Asemonea sp. 7815

Genus: Echinussa Simon, 1901

Jumping spider (Echinussa sp.) - DSC_1834

Echinussa sp. ♂ 1834

Jumping spider (Echinussa sp.) - DSC_1841

Echinussa sp. ♂ 1841

Jumping spider (Echinussa sp.) - DSC_1857

Echinussa sp. ♀ 1857

Jumping spider (Echinussa sp.) - DSC_1865

Echinussa sp. ♀ 1865

Genus: Hispo Simon, 1886

Ant-mimic jumping spider (Hispo tenuis) - DSC_0260

Hispo tenuis Wanless, 1981 ♂

Ant-mimic jumping spider (Hispo tenuis) - DSC_0261

Hispo tenuis Wanless, 1981 ♂

Genus: Hyllus C. L. Koch, 1846

Green-eyed jumping spider (Hyllus sp.) - DSC_9519

cf. Hyllus sp. ♂ 9519

Green-eyed jumping spider (Hyllus sp.) - DSC_9525

cf. Hyllus sp. ♂ 9525

Green-eyed jumping spider (Hyllus sp.) - DSC_9521

cf. Hyllus sp. ♀ 9521

Green-eyed jumping spider (Hyllus sp.) - DSC_9531

cf. Hyllus sp. ♀ 9531

Genus: Pandisus Simon, 1900

Jumping spider (Pandisus sp.) - DSC_9335

Pandisus sp. 9335

Jumping spider (Pandisus sp.) - DSC_9332

Pandisus sp. 9332

Genus: Thyene Simon, 1885

Jumping spider (Thyene sp.) - DSC_7290

Thyene sp. ♀ 7290

Jumping spider (Thyene sp.) - DSC_7291

Thyene sp. ♀ 7291

Jumping spider (Thyene sp.) - DSC_7828

Thyene sp. ♂ 7828

Jumping spider (Thyene sp.) - DSC_7822

Thyene sp. ♂ 7822

Jumping spider (Thyene sp.) - DSC_8471

Thyene sp. ♂ 8471

Jumping spider (Thyene sp.) - DSC_8476

Thyene sp. ♂ 8476

Family: Selenopidae Simon, 1897

Genus: Hovops Benoit, 1968

Flatty spider (Hovops sp.) - DSC_7748

Hovops sp. 7748

Flatty spider (Hovops sp.) - DSC_7752

Hovops sp. 7752

Flatty spider (Hovops sp.) - DSC_1710

Hovops sp. 1710

Flatty spider (Hovops sp.) - DSC_1725

Hovops sp. 1725

Flatty spider (Hovops sp.) - DSC_2086

Hovops sp. 2086

Flatty spider (Hovops sp.) - DSC_2121

Hovops sp. 2121

Family: Sparassidae Bertkau, 1872

Genus: Chrosioderma Simon, 1897

Huntsman spider (Chrosioderma sp.) - DSC_6926

Chrosioderma sp. ♂

Huntsman spider (Chrosioderma sp.) - DSC_6938b

Chrosioderma sp. ♂

Genus: Damastes Simon, 1880

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_7469

Damastes sp. 7469

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_7478

Damastes sp. 7478

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_7266

Damastes sp. 7266

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_7276

Damastes sp. 7276

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_9497

Damastes sp. 9497

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_9505

Damastes sp. 9505

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_1956

Damastes sp. 1956

Huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) - DSC_1968

Damastes sp. 1968

Huntsman spider (cf. Damastes sp.) - DSC_1734

cf. Damastes sp. 1734

Huntsman spider (cf. Damastes sp.) - DSC_1763

cf. Damastes sp. 1763

Genus: Eusparassus Simon, 1903

Huntsman spider (cf. Eusparassus sp.) - DSC_6658

cf. Eusparassus sp. ♀

Huntsman spider (cf. Eusparassus sp.) - DSC_6661

cf. Eusparassus sp. ♀

Genus: Olios Walckenaer, 1837

Huntsman spider (Olios sp.) - DSC_2073

cf. Olios sp.

Huntsman spider (Olios sp.) - DSC_2082

cf. Olios sp.

DSC_1200

cf. Olios sp.

Huntsman spider (cf. Olios sp.) - DSC_2843

cf. Olios sp. 2843

Genus: Unknown

Huntsman spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8607

Sparassidae 8607

Huntsman spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8610b

Sparassidae 8610

Huntsman spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8922

Sparassidae 8922

Family: Tetragnathidae Menge, 1866

Genus: Tetragnatha Latreille, 1804

Big-jawed spider (Tetragnatha sp.) - DSC_7040

Tetragnatha sp. 7040

Big-jawed spider (Tetragnatha sp.) - DSC_7043

Tetragnatha sp. 7043

Genus: Tylorida Simon, 1894

Big-jawed spider (cf. Tylorida sp.) - DSC_0624

cf. Tylorida sp. 0624

Big-jawed spider (cf. Tylorida sp.) - DSC_9944

cf. Tylorida sp. 9944

Genus: Unknown

Big-jawed spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_1406

Tetragnathidae 1406

Big-jawed spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_1411

Tetragnathidae 1411

Big-jawed spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_2402

Tetragnathidae 2402

Family: Theridiidae Sundevall, 1833

Genus: Ariamnes Thorell, 1869

Twig comb-footed spider (cf. Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_9939

cf. Ariamnes sp. 9939

Comb-footed twig spider (cf. Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_1935

cf. Ariamnes sp. ♂ 1935

Genus: Janula Strand, 1932

Comb-footed spider (cf. Janula sp.) - DSC_1737

cf. Janula sp.

Comb-footed spider (cf. Janula sp.) - DSC_1742

cf. Janula sp.

Genus: Latrodectus Walckenaer, 1805

Latrodectus obscurior was removed from synonymity of L. geometricus based on Schmidt, Geisthardt & Piepho, 1994.

Black widow spider (Latrodectus cf. obscurior) - DSC_1172

Latrodectus cf. obscurior Dahl, 1902 ♀

Black widow spider (Latrodectus cf. obscurior) - DSC_1199

Latrodectus cf. obscurior Dahl, 1902 ♀

Black widow spider (Latrodectus cf. obscurior) - DSC_1267

Latrodectus cf. obscurior Dahl, 1902 ♂ ♀

Black widow spider (Latrodectus cf. obscurior) - DSC_1284

Latrodectus cf. obscurior Dahl, 1902 ♀

Black widow spider (Latrodectus cf. obscurior) - DSC_1263

Latrodectus cf. obscurior Dahl, 1902 ♂

Genus: Phoroncidia Westwood, 1835

Comb-footed mushroom spider (Phoroncidia sp.) - DSC_1909

Phoroncidia sp. 1909

Comb-footed mushroom spider (Phoroncidia sp.) - DSC_1889

Phoroncidia sp. 1889

Genus: Thwaitesia O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1881

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_6851

Thwaitesia sp. 6851

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_6841

Thwaitesia sp. 6841

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_7779

Thwaitesia sp. ♀ 7779

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_7770

Thwaitesia sp. ♀ 7770

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_7522

Thwaitesia sp. 7522

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_7516

Thwaitesia sp. 7516

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_9373

Thwaitesia sp. ♀ 9373

Mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_9392

Thwaitesia sp. ♀ 9392

Comb-footed mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_2373b

Thwaitesia sp. ♀ 2373

Comb-footed mirror spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_2395b

Thwaitesia sp. ♀ 2395

Mirror comb-footed spider (Thwaitesia sp.) - DSC_1327b

Thwaitesia sp. ♂ 1327

Genus: Unknown

Jade comb-footed spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_2307

Theridiidae 2307

Jade comb-footed spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_2307b

Theridiidae 2307

Comb-footed spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_9323

Theridiidae 9323

Comb-footed spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_2857

Theridiidae 2857

Family: Thomisidae Sundevall,1833

Genus: Apyretina Strand, 1929

Crab spider (cf. Apyretina sp.) - DSC_0396

cf. Apyretina sp. 0396

Crab spider (cf. Apyretina sp.) - DSC_0404

cf. Apyretina sp. 0404

Genus: Camaricus Thorell, 1887

Crab spider (Camaricus cf. nigrotesselatus) - DSC_7025

Camaricus cf. nigrotesselatus Simon, 1895

Crab spider (Camaricus cf. nigrotesselatus) - DSC_7009

Camaricus cf. nigrotesselatus Simon, 1895

Genus: Cyriogonus Simon, 1886

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6735

Cyriogonus sp. 6735

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6743

Cyriogonus sp. 6743

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_1144

Cyriogonus sp. 1144

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_1159

Cyriogonus sp. 1159

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6793

Cyriogonus sp. 6793

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6812

Cyriogonus sp. 6812

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6964

Cyriogonus sp. 6964

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6968

Cyriogonus sp. 6968

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6767

Cyriogonus sp. 6767

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6764

Cyriogonus sp. 6764

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_0584

Cyriogonus sp. 0584

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_0590

Cyriogonus sp. 0590

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6872

Cyriogonus sp. 6872

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6825

Cyriogonus sp. 6825

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_1085

Cyriogonus sp. 1085

Genus: Diaea Thorell, 1869

Crab spider (Diaea sp.) - DSC_2317

Diaea sp. 2317

Crab spider (Diaea sp.) - DSC_2321

Diaea sp. 2321

Genus: Emplesiogonus Simon, 1903

Crab spider (cf. Emplesiogonus sp.) - DSC_2870

cf. Emplesiogonus sp. 2870

Crab spider (cf. Emplesiogonus sp.) - DSC_2882

cf. Emplesiogonus sp. 2882

Genus: Oxytate L. Koch, 1878

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_9405

Oxytate sp. 9405

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_9412

Oxytate sp. 9402

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_2038

Oxytate sp. ♂ 2038

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_2045b

Oxytate sp. ♂ 2045

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_2459

Oxytate sp. ♀ 2459

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_2467

Oxytate sp. ♀ 2467

Genus: Phrynarachne Thorell, 1869

Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne rugosa) - DSC_2558

Phrynarachne rugosa (Latreille, 1804)

Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne rugosa) - DSC_2537

Phrynarachne rugosa (Latreille, 1804)

Bird-dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_2788

Phrynarachne sp. A

Bird-dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_2804

Phrynarachne sp. A

Genus: Unknown

These appear close to Cyriogonus but I'm still not certain.

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7889

Thomisidae 7889

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7904b

Thomisidae 7904

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_0172

Thomisidae 0172

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_0186b

Thomisidae 0186

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_2752

Thomisidae 2752

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_2761

Thomisidae 2761

Family: Trachelidae Simon,1897

Genus: Paccius Simon, 1898

Sac spider (Paccius sp.) - DSC_8801

Paccius sp. 8801

Sac spider (Paccius sp.) - DSC_8804b

Paccius sp. 8804

Sac spider (Paccius sp.) - DSC_1939

Paccius sp. 1939

Sac spider (Paccius sp.) - DSC_1944

Paccius sp. 1944

Family: Viridasiidae Lehtinen,1967

Genus: Vulsor Simon, 1889

Note: Transferred here from Ctenidae by Polotow, Carmichael & Griswold, 2015

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_7491

Vulsor sp. ♂ 7491

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_7494

Vulsor sp. ♂ 7494

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_0429

Vulsor sp. ♂ 0429

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_0431b

Vulsor sp. ♂ 0431

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_2089

Vulsor sp. ♂ 2089

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_2100

Vulsor sp. ♂ 2100

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_6700

cf. Vulsor sp. 6700

Wandering spider (Vulsor sp.) - DSC_6702

cf. Vulsor sp. 6702

Genus: Unknown

"Tsingy" Viridasiidae ARACG000028, as suggested by Charles Griswold.

Wandering spider (Viridasiidae) - DSC_8601

Viridasiidae 8601

Wandering spider (Viridasiidae) - DSC_8593b

Viridasiidae 8593

Green wandering spider (Viridasiidae) - DSC_9827

Viridasiidae ♂ 9827

Green wandering spider (Viridasiidae) - DSC_9816

Viridasiidae ♂ 9816

Family: Unknown

Sheet web spider - DSC_0218b

Araneae 0218

Unknown spider web - 20180603_090652

Araneae 090652

Sources

  1. Wikipedia: Madagascar
  2. World Spider Catalog

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