Huntsman spider

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Huntsman spider
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Huntsman spider
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Superfamily: Sparassoidea
Family: Sparassidae
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.

The average huntsman spider is about 1 inch long with a leg span of up to 5 inches. The giant huntsman spider, however, has a leg span of up to 12 inches, making it the largest spider by diameter; it is often described as being "the size of a dinner plate."[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Fundamentals of Microanalytical Entomology By Alan R. Olsen, Thomas H. Sidebottom, Sherry (accessed Jan. 8, 2009)
  2. Szalay, Jessie (November 11, 2014). "Giant Huntsman Spider: World's Largest Spider". Retrieved March 18, 2017.