Horny Spiders   5 comments

I love these guys!  Don’t know their name, but these spiders have a hard spotted shell with  two distinctive points or ‘horns’ so I just call them horny spiders.  Environment = high elevation in El Salvador (3,000 ft), and seen during rainy season.

See more at the Wonderful World of Insects in El Salvador Photo Gallery.

Posted October 1, 2010 by El Salvador from the Inside in Spider

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  1. Be very careful when approaching spiderts as some can be extremely poisonus and even deadly. Look out for the small but visious Brown recluse, they have a small violen shaped marking on their back. one bite from them care make the flesh rot from the skin.

  2. Thanks, Rob. Yes, I have heard about the brown recluse, and wonder if they live here in El Salvador. I hear they are frequent in Brazil, and within the last year or so, I even heard of a case of a woman in GEORGIA (U.S.) whose breast was bitten by one of the damn things. She remembered when she was bitten and didn’t think much of it, but later lost her breast because of it! The poor dear, but she said she was grateful to be alive.

  3. Yes, it is a good idea to be cautious with spiders and other related arthropods that may have poison as you may be allergic or develop secondary infections. But in general they are not deadly, the recluse is native to the SW USA and according to the wikepedia site, not established outside its range. I doubt there are seriously poisonous spiders in El Salvador and if there are (perhaps the mildly poisonous black widow only, they will not bite you unless you press your skin against them.
    Hector, in Lethbridge Canada, originally from El Salvador.

  4. Greetings from Ohio! I am no spider expert, but I do kill them–I am a pest control officer. The little fella you have pictured on the right is Micrathena triserrata. Source: http://quaoarpowerzoo.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-spider.html
    Usually, I get no pictures of the species I am researching and plenty of data, yet I am left in the dark. I was lucky this time–I got a picture and no data.
    Here’s a brilliant opportunity for YOU to become the World’s leading expert! No kidding. All it takes is for you to print your data on the different traits of this spider, and you are in “business” — no pay, little benefits, big ego!😛

    I don’t think this little guy is poisonous to mammals. Most poisonous are active hunters and have the physique and shape for high-speed hunting, this obviously is not. But this is where your research comes in shining–find out!

    As far as the Brown recluse question (Hector is right), there range is in South U.S. and U.S. Midwest. They are not aggressive, but will defend their egg-sac with a vengeance. They prefer cool, dry garages and basements. Their bite can–repeat, can–cause necrotic wounds.

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