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Subject: Vietnam cave dwelling spider
Location: Marble mountains, near Da Nang, Vietnam
April 13, 2014 12:23 pm
We were exploring a dark cave, in the marble mountains, near Hoi An, Vietnam, in March this year, and came across this spider. It’s hard to tell in the photo we took but it’s leg span was approx 5-6 inches. It had striped markings on it. It was in a pitch black cave, we discovered it trying to find our way using a camera flash! Would be really interested to find out what kind of spider it is!
Signature: KH

Possibly Huntsman Spider

Possibly Huntsman Spider

Dear KH,
We cannot say for certain, but the general shape of this spider as well as the size you indicate leads us to believe this is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  We will attempt additional research.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly. That is really interesting, thank you!
Best wishes,
Kate

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Subject: what’s this bug?
Location: CaboSan Lucas, Baja MEXICO
March 29, 2014 12:39 pm
I saw this human palm sized spider in Cabo San Lucas Baja Mexico in February.
can you identify?
Signature: Okienap

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Hi Okienap,
This male Huntsman Spider,
Heteropoda venatoria, is most likely originally from Central America, however, its range was greatly expanded to many warm climates with harbors because the Huntsman Spiders were transported with shipments of bananas, earning them the common name Banana Spider.  According to BugGuide:  “Can be swift and sometimes aggressive but not considered dangerously venomous to humans. May bite in self-defense if roughly handled; mildly painful bite (can be likened to a bee sting if spider injects venom).”  These Huntsman Spiders are frequently tolerated because they are nocturnal hunters that help to control cockroach populations.

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Subject: Large spider from Fiji
Location: Namotu, Fiji
March 28, 2014 6:20 pm
My wife noticed this gigantic spider when she went to take a shower. After assuring that she was ok, I grabbed my camera. It was about 3 inches across.
Signature: Donald Gudehus

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Hi Donald,
This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  Most are harmless, but there are some tropical species that are quite poisonous.  Ryan PHotographic has some images taken in Fiji.

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Subject: ?Huntsman Spider?
Location: British Virgin Islands
March 2, 2014 6:31 pm
I took this photo Feb 3 2009. This spider is on a 2×4 deck board, so the abdomen seems to be just less than an inch diameter. It was hiding out of sight under a canvas cover, and dropped out when the cover was lifted, so my guess is that it is mostly nocturnal. It sought a hiding place slowly.
Signature: RD

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear RD,
We agree that this is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  They arrangement of the eyes looks like the examples on the BugGuide Spider Eye Arrangement page.

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Subject: Possible bird spider
Location: Panama
February 10, 2014 1:44 pm
Hi my name is Wes and I found this spider walking across the house I was building in the middle of the jungle in Panama. So I took a picture of it and Put it on Facebook. People were saying it was a huge recluse, I think it is a bird spider. Can you tell from these two photos what this might be? I am located in Bocas Del Toro On Isla Colon. This photo was taken February 1st. This house I am building is well in the jungle so it has very little traffic,
Signature: Wes Griffin

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Hi Wes,
We believe this is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.

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Subject: Large Spider found in and around house in Jakarta, Indonesia
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
January 30, 2014 7:17 pm
My daughter noticed the 1st spider on our wall inside our house in Jakarta, Indonesia. Earlier this week I found a larger spider of a similar species on the outside of my daughter’s window. For reference, the indoor spider is 2cm from bottom of abdomen to head (minus front fangs/legs). The one on the window was larger, about 4-5cm.
I am trying to reassure my wife that these spiders are not dangerous to humans, but I’m having a hard time locating any images for tropical spiders in Indonesia. Any help would be appreciated!
Signature: Chris Morris

Male Huntsman Spider

Male Huntsman Spider

Dear Chris,
You are correct that this male Huntsman Spider,
Heteropoda venatoria, is harmless to humans.  These Huntsman Spiders are nocturnal hunters that do not build a web to snare prey.  They prey upon Cockroaches as well as other insects, so they are beneficial around the house.  Heteropoda venatoria has a rather large global distribution, especially in tropical and semitropical port cities and they increased their native range greatly by hitching rides on ships with banana shipments.

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