Genus: Panaretella (forest huntsman spiders)

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Panaretella Is a genus of small spiders endemic to the forests from Grahamstown to northern Kwazulu-Natal. There are five species of forest huntsman spiders. The retreat is two leaves spun together with silk. Body length 12-18 mm. They vary from a yellowish to a light reddish brown colour with a distinctive black mark on either side anterior of the spinnerets.

Species native to southern Africa

Panaretella distincta

(Pocock, 1896)

South Africa

 

Panaretella immaculata

Lawrence, 1952

South Africa

 

Panaretella minor

Lawrence, 1952

South Africa

 

Panaretella scutata

(Pocock, 1902)

South Africa

 

Panaretella zuluana

Lawrence, 1937

South Africa

 

Text by Norman Larsen


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