Huntsman Spider

Subject: Unknown Spider from Sierra Leone
Location: Sierra Leone
February 4, 2013 5:13 am
my younger brother took this picture while on one of his many trips to Sierra Leone. He would love some help in identifying this beautiful spider. It is enormous, roughly the size of my brother’s outstretched hand!
Signature: Regards, Kim

Huntsman Spider

Dear Kim,
We believe this Huntsman Spider is
Heteropoda venatoria, a species that has greatly expanded its range thanks to the cultivation and shipment of bananas.

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