In an article released online by The Philippine Entomologist (Vol 31, No. 1), UPLB MNH curators Dr. Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-Dupo and Dr. Alberto T. Barrion discover three new species of Deinopidae and the record of its type genus Deinopis Macleay, 1839 in the Philippines.
Ogre-faced spiders (Deinopidae) is a small family of spiders which specialize in casting an expandable silk mesh to catch small insects. According to the authors, these spiders have distinctly large front eyes resembling those of ogres that give them a monster-like appearance. They are also called “net-casting spiders” because of their behavior in capturing prey.
The holotypes and paratypes of the new spiders were collected from Mt. Makiling, Laguna and Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur using standard sweep net and beating tray methods from 2013 to 2014.
D. gubatmakiling was collected first from the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve and was observed to actively hunt for prey along the riparian vegetation of Molawin Creek at night. Another new species, D. luzonensis was also found in the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve. On the other hand, the third new species, D. labangan, was found within the vicinity of Pulacan Falls in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur in Mindanao.
The new species have been described along with illustrations of the distinguishing characters which make them novel, available from the Internet through the UPLB Journals Online website: https://journals.uplb.edu.ph/index.php/TPE/article/view/1700