Huntsman spider

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Huntsman spider
Huntsman spider
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Section: Entelegynae
Superfamily: Sparassoidea
Family: Sparassidae
Bertkau, 1872
Genera

Delena
Heteropoda
Holconia
Isopeda
Isopedella
Leucorchestris
Micrommata
Neosparassus
Olios
Palystes
Pediana
Pseudopoda
Thelcticopis
Many others

Diversity
82 genera, 1009 species

Huntsman spider is a name given to the family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae). They are also known as the giant crab spiders, due to the way they look. Larger ones, are also sometimes referred to as wood spiders, because they live in woody places (forest, mine shafts, woodpiles).

They are found in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Florida, and Hawaii, and possibly in many other tropical and semi-tropical regions. They can be found as far north as England, Sweden and Wales.

Huntsman spiders do not build webs, but hunt for food[1] They eat insects and other invertebrates.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Fundamentals of Microanalytical Entomology By Alan R. Olsen, Thomas H. Sidebottom, Sherry (accessed Jan. 8, 2009)