Picture ID 133211

Picture of unidentified spider

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I seems to look like a wolf spider but google says the max size of one is 30mm which this spider is at least 2 x that size. It is hanging out on a door frame and looks to be a diameter of like 7 centimetres. Light brown despite the photo with black marks on abdomen lined with white on the outer sides of the black marks and it seems to have a white rim around its carapace? I don't know much about spiders so can someone help me identify it. Much bigger than it looks in the photo. Photographed on a door frame outside a top floor apartment.

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  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2020
  • Photographed: Dec 24, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Fourways , South Africa
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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This is a Huntsman Spider from the family Sparassidae. They are also called Giant Crab Spiders. Although they are large and can look scary they are not medically significant to humans and are not aggressive only when a female is guarding her little ones or egg sac and this appears to be a female but no egg sac is present. I have a lot of Olios giganteus here on my property and they get very very big. These spiders get a bad reputation from the media and ppl telling outlandish stories about them. They would much rather run away than… Read more »


I think ppl also become afraid because on top of their huge and I absolutely mean huge size they can run up and down any surface. They can run backwards and sideways because they are Giant Crab Spiders and they are extremely fast but they honestly are gentle Giants I’m not saying to go pet her but she will leave you alone and more than likely leave especially if there’s a lot of activity in your house. I know how intimidating and scary these spiders seem as I’ve been studying their family for years but I can assure you that… Read more »


Hi. This looks exactly like the spider photo I just posted. I did some reading up and most likely match I found was the Wolf spider, or Hogna lenta.