Invertebrate Heteropoda jugulans (Brown Huntsman Spider)

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Scientific Name: Heteropoda jugulans

Common Names: Brown Huntsman Spider

Class: Arachnida

Order: Araneae

Family: Sparassidae

Genus: Heteropoda

Species: possibly D. jugulans

Distribution: Australia wide?.

Habitat: Houses, forested areas, gardens, my bathroom, rainforest. Found under loose bark on trees, in crevices on rock walls and in logs, under rocks and slabs of bark on the ground.


Field Notes: The Brown Huntsman is a large spider patterned in brown and black. It has crab-like legs, and is fast moving. Up to 15 cm across the legs (about a handspan)


The one pictured below is a male.
The two front "leg things" are called palps or pedipalps. The swelling on the end is how you can tell its a boy. (They fill these with sperm then inject the females with them. really carefully.) females have straight ones that just look like little legs.

Thanks for the heads up on this one Dusty Miller!




 
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