HORNED BABOON SPIDER - Ceratogyrus brachycephalus

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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Views 733 2011/07/28
Camera NikonD50
Lens Sigma 70-300mm DG

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MYGALOMORPHAE*_
CAPTURED LOCATION; Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa

These are mostly robust, hairy spiders which usually live in burrows or silk-lined retreats (some construct trapdoor lids to their retreats). In Southern Africa most burrow in the ground, with the exception of the tree trapdoor spiders and sheet-web mygalomorphsk which live above the ground, and the micromygalormorphs (family Microstigmatidae), which are found in the undergrowth of humid forests.
Not known to be harmful to man. Bites are painful due to the size and depth of punctures from the huge fangs, up to 10mm. In most cases the venom are mild. The effects of bites from the lesser baboon spider, Harpactirella lightfooti, may be more severe.

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