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Spider Photos - Banded 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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Huntsman spiders are not found in the United States any further north than Southern California. They can not survive but in the most tropical of situations which are hot all year round, or in desert scrubland like the Olios giganteus on my website. That is one thing to consider before labelling a spider from the states as a Huntsman. Most are imported, and fewer than 3 species are common enough to be called native to this country, besides some smaller Olios species, which are found in the southwest (not San Francisco, which is in Northern California). While you may in some rare instance find a huntsman up north, it'll die as soon as season changes occur. - Paul Day

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HUNTSMAN (Banded Huntsman)
 

Reply: This is looks like a banded huntsman spider - glen

4 March, 2018:  
Abdomen is about 1.5 long. Scurried out from behind some curtains in my daughters room. We are in a residential neighborhood along the coast in Uruguay.

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Reply: This is a banded huntsman spider - glen

19 July. 2017:  
Hi, found this big guy on my car today. I live in Florida, if it helps. Can you help me identify him/ her?

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Reply: This is a banded huntsman - glen

19 February, 2016:  
Hei, found this quite big spider i Baler, Philippines (Ditumabo Mother Falls). I've been searching for it but cant find it anywhere. Maybe u can help me? -Steinar Click for a larger view

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Reply: Yes I believe they are both Heteropoda (huntsman spiders) - glen

19 February, 2016:  
Thank you very much Dr. Glen. I have here two spiders, the cephalothorax of image 10524716 is darker than the second image. It seems they belong to genus Heteropoda. Could it be right?

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19 January, 2015:  
Hi! I attached a picture of a spider we saw in our hostel on Bali, Indonesia. Do you know what it is by any chance?

 

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18 January, 2015:  
Dear Sir or Madam We live in Barbados, this spider was in our house this week, I collected it in 2 beakers and put it outside. I have been told that if its a house spider it will come back in, is this correct? I am not normally worried about spiders, but this one is unknown to me. Please can you help identify it? Thank you. Yours Sincerely Caro

 

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18 January, 2015:  
I was hoping you could identify this spider...found in my bedroom! Thanks Ted

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18 December, 2014:  
i dont know which spider this is can you give me the name and information for this spider please? the spider does not have a web and it is in my house sitting in corner and doing nothing it moved form 1 corner to another in last 10 hours and now its there only saw first in morning near dinning / hall roomhope the photos are clear enough

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18 December, 2014:  
Hi glen I have some more spider pictures you can put on your website The first spider is me holding a female long jawed orb weaver The second is me holding a female golden orb weaver The third is the top of my male badge huntsman gizmo The fourth is the bottom of my male badge huntsman gizmo And the last is me holding a large male brown huntsman spider

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13 August, 2014:
 

Need help to identify spiders that are invading at our new home in Panama City, Florida. Definitely want to make sure they are not venomous enough to kill us or our pets. Barb
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13 August, 2014:
 

10cm across. Found on bathroom wall inside house in Thailand. Can you ID this one, for my wife's sake?
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13 August, 2014:
 

Hi, this is the third or fourth time I've found a spider that looks like this in my house since moving to a more nature-y area in St. Petersburg, Florida. All have been about 3-4 inches long and run VERY quickly. Can you tell what it is? Thanks!
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Reply: Looks like a huntsman - glen

26 May, 2014:
Help identifying this Spider Please

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6 May, 2014:
Hi Glen, Can you help me identify this spider I found on my house? I live in Southeast Louisiana. He was very large - almost the size of my hand. Thanks! Dorothy

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26 January, 2014:
What kind of spider is this?

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Reply: This is a badge huntsman - glen

30 October, 2013:
Hello I live in Clearwater Florida and came home to this guy on my wall He was about 4 inches big , I did kill him:) I think he is too big to be a brown recluse and the brown recluse pix I see don't have this shape body and markings- thanks for your help Vonabell

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Reply: This is a badge huntsman - glen

13 April, 2013:
It is the size of my palm and I have never seen a spider like this. Thanks! Christina Miami, FL

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Reply: This is a huntsman - glen

13 April, 2013:
I got another picture for you. My friend found this huge spider in her hotel room on the island of Fiji. Legspan was about 15 cm (10 inches). It looks like some sort of huntsman to me. Am I right? Best wishes, Janine, The Netherlands

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Reply: It is  a huntsman  - glen

19 June, 2012:

Dear Spiderzrule, Here is a photo of a peculiar spider i found somewhere in the south of Darfur, Sudan, in case you would like to add it to your collection. I have no idea what species is it, so if you have a clue, i'd be happy to know! The photo (and spider) were in Gereida, South Darfur, Sudan, in (X:25.147523, Y:11.272931) All the best, Pedro

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Reply: It is  a banded huntsman  - glen

19 June, 2012:

I found this spider in Saint Cloud, FL after moving an object on a patio that had not been moved for a long time. Can you help me identify it?

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21 March, 2012:
It came out while I was showering. Its about 1 inch from head to tail, 3.5 inches from the tip of its front leg to the tip of the back. They've started popping out last 2 years but i hadn't seen them before in previous 20. This is in Brownsville,Tx.

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14 August, 2011:
Hi Glen, This spider was in my house yesterday. I live in Gainesville Florida. I tried to figure out what kind of a spider it was, but I can't really tell. Some of them look pretty similar. I found a smaller one that looked similar yesterday. Could they have been husband and wife? Is the female spider generally bigger than the male? Thanks for your help! Casey

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Reply: This is a huntsman - glen

12 July, 2011:
Hi, I've found two of these spiders in my bedroom in the last two weeks and havent been able to identify it by looking at pictures online, can you help me? Sorry that the picture is not of the best quality. I'm thinking it may be some sort of wolf spider? Thanks, Wendy

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Reply: This is a huntsman - glen

4 June, 2011:
Hello! I've been scouring over a bunch of databases of spiders on the internet tonight after I came across this guy (photo attached). I couldn't be sure for certain how to identify it. The spider scrambled in front of me, in the middle of the room, but seemed a bit skittish. The bricks, for scale, are approx 3in by 6in. Ish. To give you an idea of the size. This is the only photo I managed to get. Because he was a bit jumpy I thought of wolf spiders, or perhaps a larger form of the whatever 'jumpy spiders' with large eyes, which are not poisonous I know. I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. While I doubt this one is poisonous, it would be good to know what kind of spider it is, since I've never seen one this size in my 27 years in the city! I've come across some large ones in the countryside but not in the city proper. Any info or leads would be awesome. Thanks so much for your time! Take care, and bests, Adam

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Reply: Yes, this is a huntsman - glen

30 May, 2011:
Is this a Huntsman Spider? It did not seem aggressive at all, and was very fast to run away when it seen movement from my direction. It took me nearly 20 minutes to get near him slow enough to catch him in a cup without injury, before I finally let him loose outside.

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6 May, 2011:
We live in southwest Florida and these spiders wander through the house every so often. This one was photographed clinging to my metal garage door. What is it? Dane Hahn

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Reply: This is a huntsman - glen

29 April, 2011:
Glenda, what is this one called? Stefan

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Reply: This is a huntsman - glen

12 April, 2011:
Hello, Could you please, tell me if this is a species of recluse spider. It was in my shed, in Tampa, Florida. I greatly appreciate your help. Regards, Tami

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Reply: This one looks likes a  huntsman spider and they aren't dangerous - glen

29 March, 2011:
Hi I found your website http://www.spiderzrule.com/spiderphotos.htm and would like to contact you because I saw this spider in my bedroom last night and was able to take a photo of it. I hope this is not a Brown Recluse Spider... although i didn't get bit it still made me not stay in my room anymore. What would be the best solution to get rid of this spider and its nest (in case it found a place to lay some eggs under my bed or in the closet) Please help! I have a 9 year old kid in the house and I don't want him to be bitten by the brown spider or any other bug. Thanks in advance, Kat

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Reply: Yes, this one looks likes a badge huntsman spider and they aren't dangerous - glen

13 January, 2011:
Hi Glen Are you able to identify this spider for me, it ran across my head in the dark whilst in a hut in Thailand I turned on the lights as I thought it might have been a mouse or something and was greeted by this. Im afraid it is the only picture I got and it was from my phone camera but have searched the web for similar pictures, but its a bit like a needle in a haystack Best Guess in terms of size would be that the roof tiles behind it are about 3 inches long (7.5cm). If you can help me that would be great, Im a huge nature enthusiast, but I must admit coming from the UK, that was the biggest spider Ive seen by a long way and I was less than cool when I saw it. Thanks and Regards James

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Thank you very much Glen, both spiders where found in Uruguay, South America and none where harmed by humans, jejeje.
Thank you!!
Francisco
Reply: Yes, this one is a huntsman spider and they aren't dangerous - glen

2 January, 2011:
Hello, I got your mail from your website. I found these two kind of spiders in my room, I would like to know if it is a dangerous ones. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Francisco

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