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Huntsman spider

Pandercetes sp


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


tropical rainforest


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

1 Species ID Suggestions

Family: Sparassidae
Pandercetes decipiens ? NMBE - World Spider Catalog

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dandoucette 9 months ago

Thanks for the recent comments TK and syzygy and those I missed years ago.

TKBotting 9 months ago

Incredible! Nice find.

syzygy 9 months ago

This is the most scary creature of Earth, I have ever seen!
Those eyes, oh my!. .. Worst nightmare... Brrr!

CGI sucks - Nature rulez! (:

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

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

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Great spotting! Impressive camouflage.

FernandoMSoares 4 years ago

That´s hunter eye!!

dandoucette 4 years ago

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

SpiderJoe 4 years ago

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

dandoucette 4 years ago

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

SpiderJoe 4 years ago

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

SpiderJoe 4 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 4 years ago

Fantastic Dan. Worth the heat.

dandoucette 4 years ago

Thanks Daniele, me too!

DanielePralong 4 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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Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

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

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