large spider can’t find it in my book
Dear Bugman
This spider was outside on a glass window in Sedona Arizona on 10/7/04. It’s body was about the size of a elongated quarter. The legs made it at least 3"+ across. It seemed to only have 6 legs although perhaps there is another small pair up by the head. The underneath was a creamy white with a black line around its spinerets. I tried to find it on the Internet and in books I have but I could not identify it especially the legs. Thanks for your help.
Liza Vernet in Sedona

Hi Liza,
Our Audubon Guide to Insects and Spiders has a good photo of the Golden Huntsman Spider, Olios fasciculatus, one of the Giant Crab Spiders. These are large spiders. They are found in New Mexico and Utah, west to California. It builds no organized web, but wanders in slow search of prey. Your specimen must have lost some legs in an altercation.

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