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Huntsman Spider

Olios sp.


Sparassidae; Olios; Olios sp. This Huntsman Spider is suffering from some condition which has given rise to a huge globular swelling or extrusion at the posterior end of the cephalothorax. I have seen this in other spiders, including my recent Spotting No. 1410133750. Can anyone throw any light on this ?


This spider was spotted racing at high speed up the concrete ramp at the entrance to the local rice mill. I snatched up my cellphone and got one or two photos when it paused momentarily before racing into the building and disappeared into a dark corner.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 months ago

It's no trouble at all and please don't hesitate to ask. We learn from each other and I have "pestered" many in the past ! :)

John B.
John B. 2 months ago

Hi Leuba Ridgway, thank you yet again for your help. The globule could well be something which dropped onto the spider. I may have been living in the rice mill and, of course, there is a lot of machinery there, some of which may drip oil or grease. I will try not to be such a nuisance in future. Best regards to you and Mark. John B.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 months ago

John B., I have no idea what that globule is- might be some fluid that's dropped on the spider. Doesn't seem part of the spider to me...sorry, can't help with this one.

John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 26, 2016
Submitted on Jun 1, 2022

Spotted for Mission

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