Heteropoda

Picture ID 45485

Picture of Heteropoda - Dorsal
  • Submitted by: 
    PaulT
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2018
  • Photographed: Oct 20, 2018
  • Spider: Heteropoda
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc)
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes: Dorsal
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Hi, this appears to be a Huntsman Spider in family Sparassidae. They are also called Giant Crab Spiders. They aren’t medically dangerous to humans. I just read a chemical analysis of one of the chemicals in their venom. It appears to work by binding to potassium in the prey, which would block the electric charges in the nerves from triggering muscle movements. Research like this on spider venom could lead to new medical treatments.

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