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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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.