Comments & ID Thoughts
We found this spider on a shower curtain in our jungle hut near Boca Manu in the Amazon rainforest. It's quite deep into the jungle at this point - a day by car and a day by boat from Cusco and a good day from the nearest road.
Our guide (who was a biologist but admitted to not being great with spiders) didn't know what it was.
It looks similar to Green Lynx spiders but the body shape is different from anything I can see and most don't appear to live in Peru or the Amazon rainforest.
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- Submitted: Jul 3, 2022
- Photographed: Apr 29, 2022
- Spider: Unidentified
- Location: Boca Manu, a day trip by boat from the nearest road , Peru
- Spotted Indoors: Other
- Found in web?: No
It’s a Huntsman spider in family Sparassidae. Possibly Micromatta virescens. Here’s a list of all known (1383) species in the family and their general ranges. a way to recognize Huntsman spiders is the way their legs are jointed with tarsa pointed in different directions. This gives the spider the ability to pivot and push off rapidly on the leg that is turned in the most useful direction.
Thanks. Purely going on Wikipedia, it suggests that Micromatta virescens is a European spider. It doesn’t suggest it would be in the Amazon, Peru. Is that wrong? A relative of?
Someone else on Facebook suggested one of the Macrinus genus?
I can’t be sure, but Macrinus genus seems the most plausible.