Huntsman Spider from Yemen

Subject:  Is that spider with 6 legs ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Yemen
Date: 06/10/2018
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I read that all spiders has 8 legs
This one has 6 legs and it  was the biggest one i have seen .
it was very fast when moving .
How you want your letter signed:  Basim farhan

Huntsman Spider with missing legs

Dear Basim,
You are correct that Spiders have eight legs, but often accidents occur and Spiders lose one or more legs.  This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae, and we believe it might be a male
Heteropoda venatoria, a species that has spread to many parts of the world because of the importation of bananas.  Huntsman Spiders seem more prone to losing legs than many other families of Spiders, or perhaps they are just better adapted to survival after losing legs.  We have examples of six-legged Huntsman Spiders in our archives, including this individual from Florida and this individual from the Philippines.

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