A friend of my husband’s, Tom, works in the south-east sector of Yemen. Would you kindly help me identify Tom’s roommate? I’ve tried exhaustively looking through websites to help figure out what it is but to no avail. My husband (who also works in Yemen) thought it was a camel spider but from the pictures I’ve seen of camel spiders, Tom’s "roomie" looks nothing like them.
Tom’s roommate is a Giant Crab Spider known as a Huntsman Spider. These are shy nocturnal creatures that do not build webs. They are valuable, especially in tropical countries where they eat roaches. They are harmless.