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Deinopidae

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Hello!

I need your help here. I went to Togo, West Africa, and I found a spider, a pretty big one (around 10 centimeters with its huge legs). P1050399.JPG I assume it is a pretty common one.

Thanks a lot for your help.

Edit : it really seems like a Dolomedes, but I think it's just a misleading info because this one was not close to any water area
 
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KezyGLA

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Looks like Dolomedes fimbriatus to me too. I'm pretty sure they can be found in places far from sea or lakes.

Can be found in places that have heavy rainfall. I don't know about Togo though.
 

Deinopidae

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The fimbriatus cannot be found in Africa (could someone gainsay that?), but could be another Dolomedes.
I took this photo at the end of the rainy season and I've seen some heavy rainfalls, so it could really be a Dolomedes after all.
 

KezyGLA

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The fimbriatus cannot be found in Africa (could someone gainsay that?), but could be another Dolomedes.
I took this photo at the end of the rainy season and I've seen some heavy rainfalls, so it could really be a Dolomedes after all.
Yeah I didnt think it could have been fimbriatus as we get them here in UK and our climates are not nearly the same heheh. I am unsure what species of Dolomedes can be found in west Africa.

That is a good sizes spider too.
 

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So now I'm sure this is a Dolomedes but there are 100 different species, some are endemic species of west Africa but I can't find pictures of those spiders.
Could be Dolomedes lomensis, Dolomedes machadoi for instance but who knows, there isn't any medium to find it out ...
 

Deinopidae

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Thanks a lot we're getting close. I don't know why the hell it was so far from the pond ...

Edit : could be a Lycosidae as well, greater than a Pisauridae
 
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Tigrosa

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Definitely not lycosidae... I'm thinking pisauridae although I'm not sure it's a Dolomedes.

I suppose it could also be a ctenid, or some other type of similar spider bearing the name "fishing spider"
 

advan

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Looks closer to Pisaurina brevipes.
Need a good shot of the eyes to verify genus.
 

Majo

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Sometimes spiders can have many scientific names or even synonymes,(especially with the binary nomenclature)
 

Tarantula_Hawk

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This is a specimen from Western Africa. Pisaurina is Nearctic genus.

As stated previously, it is definitely a Pisauridae but not a Pisaurinae. It is a Thalassiinae, genus either Nilus or Dolomedes which are extremely similar and their taxonomic status in that area of the world is still largely unexplored. That's as far as it can go. :)
 
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