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.
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.