Brown huntsman spider
|Brown huntsman spider|
The Brown huntsman spider, Heteropoda venatoria, is found in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world, including Asia, Réunion Island, the Caribbean islands, the Southeastern US, and (especially) Australia. In Hawaii it is called the cane spider.
Description[change | change source]
Females have a larger abdomen than males but males have longer and thinner legs with a slim body. Both have a wide, yellow to cream clypeus band around the rest of the carapace. The female also has a strong body and often carries a pillow-like egg sac under her.
Food[change | change source]
Brown huntsman spiders do not use spider webs to feed on prey. These spiders are known to hunt by waiting and making no noise above their prey, and then rush forward when their prey get close. They are fast, agile and can move through tight spaces. They feed at night.
References[change | change source]
- Australian Museum Online (accessed Jan. 9, 2009)
- University of Florida (accessed Jan. 9, 2009)
- Olsen, Alan (1995). Fundamentals of Microanalytical Entomology: A Practical Guide to Detecting and Identifying Filth in Foods. CRC Press. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-8493-8925-2.
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