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Huntsman spider

Pandercetes sp

Description:

extremely camouflaged and hairy spider on a tree trunk, about 2" leg tip to leg tip

Habitat:

tropical rainforest

Notes:

I spotted this in Kottawa conservation forest. I nearly missed this as I walked past but I did a double take and spotted it.

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12 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

...and congrats on the SOTD, of course!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Great spotting! Impressive camouflage.

fernams
fernams 2 years ago

That´s hunter eye!!

Eric_Carrasco
Eric_Carrasco 2 years ago

Okay

dandoucette
dandoucette 2 years ago

Thanks Joe, I'll put it as Pandercetes species.

SpiderJoe
SpiderJoe 2 years ago

I think there's more evidence for sparassidae than thomisidae, likely Pandercetes, but not Pandercetes plumipes.

dandoucette
dandoucette 2 years ago

Thanks Eric and SpiderJoe for the suggestions and info but I'm confused as to the ID. So its not Sparassidae?

SpiderJoe
SpiderJoe 2 years ago

However, that 2-inch size is more consistent with sparassidae than thomisidae.

SpiderJoe
SpiderJoe 2 years ago

I'm not convinced this is a sparassid. Notice how the anterior lateral eyes are on distinct tubercles, and notice how the body and legs are distinctly tuberculate. I don't see this in photos of Pandercetes. Thomisidae was my first thought, but mind you, Sri Lanka is way out of my area of expertise, and I'm no guru on sparassidae.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Fantastic Dan. Worth the heat.

dandoucette
dandoucette 2 years ago

Thanks Daniele, me too!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

What a fantastic series of images Dan! Your camouflaged spider is our Spotting of the Day! I hope it gets identified!

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dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Lat: 6.04, Long: 80.24

Spotted on Feb 5, 2017
Submitted on Apr 14, 2017

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