Subject: Id spider please
Geographic location of the bug: Panama, western highlands 5400 ft
Time: 11:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi – help id this spider who was staying still on the floor of my house in western panama highlands. About 2+ inches as in pic
How you want your letter signed: Nancy S
This is a harmless Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae. Here is an image from Flickr of a Giant Crab Spider from Panama. We are uncertain of your species. Giant Crab Spiders are nocturnal and they do not spin a web to snare prey. They hunt.
Correction Courtesy of Cesar Crash:
I think it’s a flattie, Selenops sp.
Ed. Note: See images of a Flattie from Costa Rica on Quaoar Power Zoo.