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The J'ba Fofi, also known as the Congolese Giant Spiders, are a type of large arachnid cryptid which is said to inhabit the forests of the Congo, possibly representing a new species of Arachnida.


Most of the many anecdotal tales describe the spiders digging a shallow tunnel under tree roots and camouflaging it with a large screen of leaves. Then they create an almost invisible web between their burrow and a nearby tree, stringing the whole area with a network of trip lines. Some oblivious animal, that's likely soon to end up on the creature's menu, will trip the line alerting the spider. The victim will then be chased into the web. This type of predatory behaviour is similar to that of several species of trap-door spider.

Natives claim the J'ba FoFi eggs are a pale yellow-white and shaped like peanuts, and the hatchlings are bright yellow with a purple abdomen. Their coloration becomes darker and brown as they mature. Some of the peoples indigenous to the regions in the Congo where the J'ba FoFi has been seen assert that the spider was once quite common, but has since become very rare.

History & Sightings[]

The fullest account by Westerners appears in a cryptozoological book by George Eberhart. On page 204, Eberhart relates the terrifying experience of an English couple traveling through a region of jungle in what is now called the Congo: "R.K. Lloyd and his wife were motoring in the Belgian Congo in 1938 when they saw a large object crossing the trail in front of them. At first, they thought it was a cat or a monkey, but they soon realized it was a spider with legs nearly 3 feet."

Cryptozoologist William J. Gibbons has hunted for what some think may be a living Congolese dinosaur called Mokele-mbembe. On his third expedition in search of the creature he came upon natives who related their experiences with giant spiders. He shared his experience with readers upon his return to Canada:

"On this third expedition to Equatorial Africa, I took the opportunity to inquire if the pygmies knew of such a giant spider, and indeed they did! They speak of the J'ba FoFi, which is a "giant" or "great spider." They described a spider that is generally brown in color with a purple mark on the abdomen. They grow to quite an enormous size with a leg span of at least five feet. The giant arachnids weave together a lair made of leaves similar in shape to a traditional pygmy hut, and spin a circular web (said to be very strong) between two trees with a strand stretched across a game trail."

"These giant ground-dwelling spiders prey on the diminutive forest antelope, birds, and other small game, and are said to be extremely dangerous, not to mention highly venomous," Gibbons states. "The spiders are said to lay white, peanut-sized eggs in a cluster, and the pygmies give them a wide berth when encountered, but have killed them in the past. The giant spiders were once very common but are now a rare sight."

In March 2013 a video surfaced on YouTube of an alleged J'ba FoFi caught on a night vision camera, near a waterhole next to a tree in Mozambique. The J'ba FoFi appears out of the darkness for a brief moment, while scurrying in to the darkness on the far right side of the screen.

Many of the natives describe the spiders as once being numerous, but now a vanishing species. Encroachment by civilization in the form of rain forest being converted to farming land may have driven the spiders from their natural habitats. In this world J'BaFofi thoughtwise research done by Shibanjan Paul Roy Cryptozoologist from Race Course Para,Jalpaiguri after published in the International Journal of Enhanced Research in Science, Technology & Engineering UGC approved journal ISSN: 2319-7463, Vol. 13 Issue 6, June-2024, Impact Factor: 8.375 topics name "Evaluation and Identification of J'BaFofi the Giant Spider of Congo and Mokele-Mbembe in Congo Rain Forest" he never claimed J'BaFofi is really exist but if found may be then how to evaluate,identify with it's anatomical diagram and he breaks the world record as he is the 1st scientist did this research about J'BaFofi also available in researchgate.Before only 7story books J'BaFofi mentioned and 1game but 1st time research done by Shibanjan Paul Roy individually.Already his World Record about J'BaFofi mentioned in the Naveen Bharat Times Hindi news paper in the page no 2.But in West Bengal his name and works not mentioned any bengali news paper like uttarbanga,anandabazar etc.Shibanjan Paul Roy news flash in Naveen Bharat Times published 12th July 2024 in page no 2.He is belonging from Race Course Para,Jalpaiguri but he did his works from other states that's only hindi news paper followed him.But in West Bengal Chief Reporter Pradyut Das lives in Patkata colony,near jalpaiguri road station,Dist-Jalpaiguri deny to flash him because Shibanjan Paul Roy has no professional experience from locality(Jalpaiguri).As Pradyut Das may be flash news of aragonite mineral found in teesta river if this research done by any local college faculties or popular person.But Shibanjan Paul Roy did this so,he avoid to publish in his news channels,papers like uttarbanga sambad,news18 bangla,anandabazar,zee bangla news etc.In future Shibanjan Paul Roy planning to settle in outside of the state.