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Huntsman spider

Olios sp.


Sparassidae are eight-eyed spiders. The eyes appear in two largely forward-facing rows of four on the anterior aspect of the prosoma. Many species grow very large. Persons unfamiliar with spider taxonomy commonly confuse large species with tarantulas, but huntsman spiders can generally be identified by their legs, which, rather than being jointed vertically relative to the body, are twisted in such a way that in some attitudes the legs extend forward in a crab-like fashion.


Seen at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary.


Like practically all spiders apart from the Uloboridae and some Liphistiidae and Holarchaeidae, Sparassidae use venom to immobilise prey and to assist in digestion. They have been known to inflict defensive bites, but are not widely regarded as dangerous to healthy humans. Huntsman spiders are widely considered beneficial because they feed on insect pests such as cockroaches.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Atul 10 years ago
Huntsman Spider
Olios sp. Family Sparassidae.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

I hope you can get your camera fixed soon :-)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Not so fine Satyen, :(
My camera is not working so nothing to share with PN but after a long time enjoying the wonderful spotting among community, glad to be here,,

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Thanks Atul, I was pretty sure that it might be a Tarantula ;-)

Atul 10 years ago

Lovely !

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Thank you Sachin! Seeing you after a long time on Project Noah. Hope everything is fine?

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago


Wild Things
Spotted by
Wild Things

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Aug 30, 2013
Submitted on Sep 2, 2013

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