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Offline FrankVisser

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What kind of spider is this? Is it dangerous?
« on: Fri, 23 March 2018, 08:24:15 AM »
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« Last Edit: Wed, 28 March 2018, 10:24:04 AM by FrankVisser »

Offline Auke

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Re: What kind of spider is this? Is it dangerous?
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 23 March 2018, 12:35:46 PM »
Hello Frank, welcome at GNF! :)

The quality of your photo is not too great, but we may still get to a name. I think it could be helpful if you would repost your second photo but with the whole abdomen visible. There may be some pattern on it.

Cheers, Auke

Offline FrankVisser

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Re: What kind of spider is this? Is it dangerous?
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 23 March 2018, 02:33:03 PM »
Will upload a better photo from home in NL after March 28th.

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Re: What kind of spider is this? Is it dangerous?
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 28 March 2018, 10:29:43 AM »
I have uploaded a better quality picture of the unknown spider from my home pc now.
Hope somebody has a clue what species it is!

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Re: What kind of spider is this? Is it dangerous?
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 28 June 2018, 12:43:18 AM »
I'm almost 100% sure that your spider is a female Heteropoda venatoria (Sparassidae). This is one of several species that gets the common name "bananenspin" in The Netherlands. Even though it has a painful bite, it is not considered dangerous to humans. 8)

Cheers, Auke :)

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Re: What kind of spider is this? Is it dangerous?
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 28 June 2018, 03:08:26 AM »
Thanks Auke!

Offline sjl197

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Re: What kind of spider is this? Is it dangerous?
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 10 October 2018, 08:26:43 PM »
All good with me - I totally agree.

I'll just add though, another roughly similar looking spider called Phoneutria fera should be widespread in The Guianas, and those can have medically significant venom. I'd suggest not putting fingers so close to a large bodied spider next time if not sure what it is!
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