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Huntsman Spider Egg Sacs

Family: Sparassidae


I found a couple of these interesting silken egg sacs on a bush track, and it just so happens that they belong to huntsman spiders. However, short of actually spotting the adult spider with an egg sac, I am unable to nominate an actual species for this spotting, or genera for that matter. There are 94 described species of Australian huntsman spiders, so the best I can do is to nominate the family: Sparassidae. The Australian Museum reference link contains plenty of information on huntsman spiders, their lives and habits. NB: The egg sacs differ fairly widely among the various genera. While investigating this spotting, I found it interesting to see images of huntsman spiders carrying their egg sacs beneath their abdomen. I though these objects would be attached to a tree or rock, so to see them mobile with the mother was a great surprise. No doubt she'll keep them safe!


Native dry sclerophyll forest in Girraween National Park, SEQ. Here's some park info -


Another informative reference....

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Girraween, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Dec 25, 2020
Submitted on Dec 29, 2020

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