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Brown Huntsman Spider

Heteropoda cervina

Description:

This largish spider - approx. 4.5 cm (1.8 inches) in diameter - was feasting on what I think once was a mole cricket.

Habitat:

Hills overlooking Manila.

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13 Comments

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Hey Apple, I know the feeling - as an insect/nature lover + mild arachnophobic! I've already confessed this on Flickr & Facebook sites: I could take this photo lying on my daughter's bed, then holding my camera over the edge of the bed I had a pretty good view... without being too close physically... if you can picture that position, hahaha!

Apple
Apple 10 years ago

I wasn't sure if that was the right species..glad I could provide you with some possible resources to help you investigate. It is both a cool spotting and a creepy spotting. I have a love/hate relationship with spiders. I respect them greatly but also have arachnophobia.

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Thanks Karen! (Added.)

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Great shot Ann!
Please consider adding this to the Hunters mission.

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

ID updated.

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Thanks so much Apple for all your ID help!

Apple
Apple 10 years ago

Possibly Heteropoda cervina

http://eol.org/pages/1207335/overview

Apple
Apple 10 years ago

Per wikipedia: "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 – in Laos, Heteropoda maxima males attain a legspan of 250–300 mm (about 10–12 in). 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."

Seems like your specimen...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_sp...

Apple
Apple 10 years ago

With that eye pattern it's most likely a huntsman...

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

4th photo added (sorry it's not quite in focus!) It looks he has 2 rows of 4 small eyes...

Apple
Apple 10 years ago

When identifying a possible wolf spider, the best way to identify is to have a clear picture of the eyes. Wolf spiders have 2 eyes larger than the rest.

Tamir
Tamir 10 years ago

I think its a Wolf spider.

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Is this a Huntsman spider?

AnnvanWijgerden
Spotted by
AnnvanWijgerden

Quiapo, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 3, 2012
Submitted on Feb 3, 2012

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