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Huntsman Spider?
Location: Okinawa, Japan
December 24, 2010 8:50 am
We have a lot of spiders like this in Okinawa, Japan. I believe it is a Huntsman, (family sparassidae), but I’m not sure. The spinnerets can be seen well, as can the eyes. What do you think?
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Huntsman Spider

Your suspicion that this is a Huntsman Spider is correct.  It is probably Heteropoda venatoria, a species that has spread to many port towns because of the importation of bananas.  Natural Japan has a nice entry on this species.

Huntsman Spider

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Japan

One Response to Huntsman Spider from Japan

  1. I lived in Okinawa Japan for 5 yrs. We had keep our car windows closed at night because of this large hairy brown spider. The size was larger than a man’s hand.

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