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Black Spider found Southern Spain?

I found this spider  at a place called Guadalest in Costa Blanca in Southern Spain. Its about 5/6cm in size and completely black. Does anyone know what it is?

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    Mar 10, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to SuzyJ)
    Re: Black Spider found Southern Spain?

    Tarantula!

     

    Curiously, tarantulas get their name from a spider that is found in the Spanish town of Taranto, though actually that particular spider (Lycosa Tarantula) is not a tarantula!

     

    Tarantulas cover several genera, and yours is in the genus Ischnocolus.

    In Spain there are three species: I. andalusiacus, I. holosericus, I. valentinus.

    Differentiating these species is difficult, and it has been proposed that all three should be referred to as Ischnocolus valentinus (2nd reference below).

    Based on its size, yours is a female (males are much smaller).

     

    Refs:

    - I. holosericus - http://www.agefotostock.com/en/Stock-Images/Rights-Managed/BWI-BLWS006280

    - I. valentinus - http://www.granadanatural.com/ficha_fauna.php?cod=315

     

    There are other black tarantulas elsewhere in the world, eg.Brazil and Thailand, but none of those occur in Spain.

     

    In summary, I suggest you consider your spider a female Spanish tarantula, Ischnocolus valentinus.

     

    Regards,

    Mike

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