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Spider Photos - Badge Huntsman

Many people are confused by  5 similar looking spiders - the harmless Huntsman, Wolf Spider,  Southern House Spider (Kukulcania), Fishing Spider and  the notorious Brown Recluse.  Occasionally, the Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria (Linnaeus), is misidentified as a Brown Recluse. However, the colour pattern on the carapace of this species is reversed, with a light median mark on a dark background, and adults of this spider are much larger than a brown recluse. Huntsman spiders are large, long-legged spiders, measuring up to 15 cm across the legs. They are mostly grey to brown, sometimes with banded legs.
 Many huntsman spiders, especially Delena (the flattest), and including Isopeda, Isopedella and Holconia, have rather flattened bodies adapted for living in narrow spaces under loose bark or rock crevices. This is aided by their legs which, instead of bending vertically in relation to the body, have the joints twisted so that they spread out forwards and laterally in crab-like fashion ("giant crab spiders"). Both Brown (Heteropoda) and Badge (Neosparassus) Huntsman spiders have less flattened bodies. Huntsman spiders, like all spiders, moult in order to grow and often their old skin may be mistaken for the original spider when seen suspended on bark or in the house. The lifespan of most Huntsman species is about two years or more. Predators of Huntsman Spiders include birds and geckoes, Spider Wasps, nematode worms and egg parasites (wasps and flies).

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Badge huntsman spiders are large, long-legged spiders. They are usually fawn or grey on top, with distinctive colour combinations of black, white, orange or yellow under the abdomen (the 'badge') and colour bands on the underside of the front legs. Most huntsman spiders have flattened bodies adapted for living in narrow spaces under loose bark or rock crevices. This is aided by their legs which, instead of bending vertically in relation to the body, have the joints twisted so that they spread out forwards and laterally in crab-like fashion ('giant crab spiders'). Badge Huntsman spiders (Neosparassus) have less flattened bodies. -

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Reply: This is one of the huntsman species, - glen

2 November, 2016:  
What is this?

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13 April, 2016:  
What is this?

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17 January, 2016:
Hi, Found this spider in a blue gum plantation in the South east of South Australia. Could not identify and have never seen before my whole life living down here. Do you know this one? Thanks Peter

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Reply: This is one of the huntsman species, - glen

10 July, 2015:  
Hi, My husband took this picture today of this spider and we were curious to know what it is. We live in Northeast Florida, very near the beach. He works outside, and has for most of his life, but has never seen a spider this big before. He said he could hear it scurrying around and that it was very aware of him being there. He would move around and it would follow his movements. Not aggressive though. Oh, and for scale, the log is about 6 inches in diameter, and about 6-7 inches tall. The shell is bigger than a large man's hand. It was taken in a darkened outdoor structure, so sorry about the lighting quailty. He has a few more pics of it, but all are about the same as this one. Thanks for any help. (P.S He left it alone and it crawled along its merry way). Kelly
 

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Reply: This is one of the huntsman species, - glen

2 July, 2015:  
Hello, I was wondering if you could help me identify this spider? Looks like it could be a brown recluse. This was found at a home in Mesa Arizona. Thanks, Stuart
 

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Reply: This is one of the huntsman species, not a recluse. - glen

27 May, 2015:  
Hello, I was wondering if you could help me identify this spider? Looks like it could be a brown recluse. This was found at a home in Mesa Arizona. Thanks, Stuart
 

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Reply: This is one of the huntsman species. - glen

27 May, 2015:  
Found this guy on my door last night, he filled up the bottom of a 12 ounce solo cup. He was on my screen door. Very fast. Released him on the golf course so he could thrive. Just curious if it is a huntsmen spider or a wolf spider. This is Phoenix AZ thanks and have a great day! cs
 

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26 November, 2014:  
This is a female badge huntsman I found at school during lunch

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10 April, 2015:  
Hi Glen, thought you would enjoy these pics. What an amazing little creature, such detail. I caught him for pictures, but will release him soon (away from my house) ;-) Danni

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11 February, 2015:  
Hello Glen, We are in Northwestern AZ and are trying to identify this spider: Brown Recluse, Desert Recluse, Southern House Spider, or Other? You'll put a family dispute to rest! Very large spider - the size of the Palm of adult hand! Thank you!! Love your site! Gina

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2 February, 2015:  
Hi Glen, Can you identify this spider for us please - it was on our BBQ yesterday morning - we are located in Blackbutt, Qld. I was later able to get a better photo when the spider moved on to the back of our motorhome. Can send spider on motorhome at high res if you wish. Photos attached. Regards, Ted

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21 January, 2015:  
Hi, What species is this? Regards jeff

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18 December, 2014:  
Hi, Gerew ~ I hope you can identify this spider. They frequent our house, typically running across the ceiiling. They are yellow/gold, large (3-4" legspan), fast and often jump. Are they dangerous? Poisonous? I live in SE Utah. Thanks if you can help. Roberta

 

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17 January, 2015:  
 
Hi, Found this spider in a blue gum plantation in the South east of South Australia. Could not identify and have never seen before my whole life living down here. Do you know this one? Thanks Peter

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18 December, 2014:  

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Reply: This is a huntsman - glen

18 December, 2014:  
He may still be in my room. I didnt want to harm just wanna know if i have to take extra precautions. Additionally i live in Trinidad In a fairly suburban area bordering on forested areas. The moulding seen in the pic is about 1 and half to two inches wide.

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18 December, 2014:  
Hi Glen, I took this last night from inside my house. It is a great opportunity to see the bottom of the Arizona version of the Huntsman spider. Thought you might like to share! Ron Richards Fountain Hills, Az.

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18 December, 2014:  
Enjoy! I found both of these giant spiders while serving a mission in Camarines Norte, Philippines. Thanks

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18 December, 2014:  
May I know what spider is this? Thanks.

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26 May, 2014:  
Hi Glen, Would appreciate it if you could ID this beautiful spider for me. About 3 to 3 1/2 inches across the legs. Found at night under a heliconia leaf along a rainforest stream at about 200 Meters elevation near Drake's Bay, Costa Rica. No web seen. Regards, Bob

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Reply: Looks like the underside of a badge huntsman - glen

23 May, 2014:
Hi Glen , thought you might know what this spider is . I have not seen one with such bright coloration before.

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19 December, 2013:  
Hi Glen ... I have no idea what this is.... please help..

 
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Reply: This is a huntsman - glen

13 April, 2013:
This is the second time I have seen this spider in my yard. The first one was very aggressive so I was afraid to get too close to this one . He is 3-4 inches across. I am just wanting to know what it is so I feel comfortable knowing he is a good guy

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