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The j'ba fofi (Baka: "giant spider"), also known as the Congolese giant spider, is a cryptid that is said to exist in the Congo, possibly representing a new species of arachnid. It is considered a cryptid and only in recent years has received publicity.

Appearance

The J'ba Fofi is described as having a brownish body similar to that of a tarantula, with a legspan of four to six feet. Juvenile versions possess yellow coloring that turns brown as they grow older. The spiders are described by Baka natives as weaving lairs made of leaves and spinning a circular web between two trees. The animals are said to prey upon birds, duiker, and other small game animals. The Jba Fofi is described as having an appearance the same as that of a tarantula.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • Unknown species of giant spider
  • Genetic mutation

Evidence

Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony

Trivia

  • In 1938, Reginald and Margurite Lloyd were driving a Ford truck through a trail when they reportedly spotted a spider as large as a monkey. It resembled a tarantula, but had an estimated leg-span of 5 feet. Their daughter, Maurgurite Lloyd, would later relate this story in the 1990s to William Gibbons.

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