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Spider ID and other questions

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Tostamix, May 15, 2017.

  1. Tostamix

    Tostamix Arachnopeon


    I found this little guy in the middle of a road near a crowded beach off the coast of Portugal and. I think I should have just moved it to the dunes but at the time I thought it just got there by accident so I brought it home with me.
    Torso + head lenght is about 1.5cms and the legs are maybe 1cm long so it looks like a jumping spider.
    The thing is I tried feeding it a moth and a couple of flies but it doesn't seem to be interested in them. It does drink water though. I rolled a small cotton ball and drench it with water often and I can see it drinking.

    Could you help me identify this spider?
    Also, any idea why she doesn't eat fresh bugs?

    Thanks in advance

    Edit: now that I think about it i'm not entirely sure it is a jumping spider because it's not half as fast or agile as other jumping spiders i've seen.

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  2. aaarg

    aaarg Arachnosquire

    It could be an Eresidae (perhaps Eresus albopictus), but those are spiders that don't exist in North America so idk. They kinda have jumping-spider-like head shapes, but with little beady eyes.
    Beautiful find! Love those legs.
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  3. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Moderator Staff Member

    Naturdata has this image of an Eresus from Portugal that looks exactly like your spider. Unfortunately, it doesn't identify the species.

    Eresidae are commonly known as "velvet spiders."

    One of our forum members, @basin79, has a pet eresidid that belongs to a different genus. Based on his videos, I can see that they are cribellate spiders that use a web to catch prey.

    If you want to keep this one as a pet, I would set it up in an enclosure that is suitable for webbing and wait until it has built a web before offering prey.
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  4. Tostamix

    Tostamix Arachnopeon

    Thank you for the replies.

    I have built a small enclousure about 15x15 cms with a few dry branches inside for webbing but the spider tries climbing out instead of building webs. The only webs I see are on the surface.
  5. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    I'm going to say Eresus albopictus or E. felisoculi. It's very difficult to find information about the latter, and I'm not sure it's widely accepted as an actual species.