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Subject: Arava wolf spider
Location: Arava, Israel
January 17, 2016 2:02 am
Hey there Bug People,
This guy (girl?) came to say hello yesterday morning while I was on a hiking trip in Southern Israel. It must be one of the most beautiful, and big wolf spiders I’ve ever seen.
Some quick research online says it’s the very recently described Cerbalus aravaensis Levy, 2007, that lives in the small sandy area in the center of the Arava (a long, narrow strip south of the Dead Sea, on the border between Jordan and Israel).
Enjoy all ye bug lovers!
Signature: Ben from Israel

Wolf Spider from Israel

Huntsman Spider from Israel

Happy New Year Ben,
This truly is a gorgeous Spider and we are very thankful that you have sent us your wonderful images.  Thank you also for providing a scientific name, however, when we began to research that name, we realized this is NOT a Wolf Spider.  Structurally, your spider differs from the shape we normally associate with Wolf Spiders.  Our first clue was the on Israel’s Nature Site where images of this species seem to be classified under the Giant Crab Spider or Huntsman Spider family Sparassidae.  ITIS confirms the family as Sparassidae.  The Gallery Through My Lens site provides the common name White Lady Huntsman Spider.  The Documenting Reality site also indicates the family is Sparassidae and provides this information:  “ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — A new and previously unknown species of spider has been discovered in the dune of the Sands of Samar in the southern Arava region of Israel by a team of scientists from the Department of Biology in the University of Haifa-Oranim. Unfortunately, however, its habitat is endangered.
‘The discovery of this new spider illustrates our obligation to preserve the dune,’ says Dr. Shanas, who headed the team of scientists.
The Sands of Samar are the last remaining sand dune in Israeli territory in the southern Arava region. In the past, the sands stretched across some 7 square kilometers, but due to the rezoning of areas for agriculture and sand quarries, the sands have been reduced to fewer than 3 square kilometers.
During a course of studies that Dr. Shanas’s research team has carried out in the region, they discovered this new spider, a member of the Cerbalus genus. Since it has been found in the Arava, it has been given the name
Cerbalus aravensis.”

Wolf Spider

Huntsman Spider

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Subject: Spider in Bali
Location: Bali
January 15, 2016 5:13 pm
Hi, we have a couple of these in our place in Bali, just wondering if there is anything we should know about it.
Signature: L

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear L,
This is a male Huntsman Spider,
Heteropoda venatoria, and it is missing several legs.  This particular species of Huntsman Spider has spread to many warm and temperate port cities around the world, probably by stowing away on ships in shipments of bananas.  They are a harmless species of hunting spider that feeds by hunting prey rather than snaring prey in a web.  They are tolerated in many places because they feed on Cockroaches and other undesirable household pests by stalking them at night.  Huntsman Spiders are quite shy, usually hiding by day and hunting by night.

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Subject: Desert Spider
Location: Borrego Springs, Calif.
November 1, 2015 3:15 pm
I took down a window screen to clean it and found this spider. Oct. 2015. There was only this one. No web, egg cases or anything else seen nearby. It was not aggressive and did not try very hard to get away. I turned it loose in the garden shed. Is it a juvenile tarantula or what? Thanks.
Signature: Don de los Encinos

Golden Huntsman Spider

Golden Huntsman Spider

Dear Don,
This ferocious looking, but harmless Giant Crab Spider is a Golden Huntsman Spider,
Olios giganteus, a species that is found in  “CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT, NV” according to BugGuide.

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Subject: Strange spider
Location: Shoalhaven Heads, NSW, Australi
September 22, 2015 1:57 am
Hi , I found this one in our kitchen. It’s about 4cm (leg span) in the Shoalhaven region of NSW Australia. I’ve not seen anything like it before. I have caught it .
Signature: Thank you in advance.. Ricky

Green Huntsman Spider

Green Huntsman Spider

Dear Ricky,
This is definitely a Huntsman Spider and because of its coloration, we believe it is an undescribed Green Huntsman Spider, which is pictured on Oz Animals.

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Subject: What’s this spider
Location: Regional Victoria, Australia
August 10, 2015 3:55 am
Found this scary looking thing on a piece of wood. Wondering what it is? Looks like a huntsman on steroids
Signature: :)

Huntsman Spider in Threat Position

Huntsman Spider in Threat Position

Dear :),
This is certainly a Huntsman Spider and it is in a classic threat position.  Because of the striped legs, we believe this may be a member of the genus
Holconia and there are similar looking images on Arachne.org and the Brisbane Insect site.  Your image is quite amazing.

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Subject: Kauai Vacation Home Spider
Location: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
May 13, 2015 11:44 pm
Mr. Bugman,
I first identified a spider in the laundry area of the house I’m renting using your site. It appeared to be a Huntsman Spider and it made sense, it’s damp and I’ve seen a cockroach or two in there. I named that spider Dick and he’s 4-5″ big. Now I just scared the bajesus out of myself finding a much larger spider, who I named Bob which is twice as large as Dick, near the area that Dick is (or was, Dick looks a little rough like he got beat up by Bob).
I’m sure it’s just another Huntsman Spider but I wanted to share it with your site.
Signature: Kauai Spider Bro?

Huntsman spider

Huntsman spider

You are correct that this is a Huntsman Spider, probably Heteropoda venatoria, but we think you should change Bob’s name to Roberta as we believe she is a female.

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