Heteropoda variegata

Picture ID 56788

Picture of Heteropoda variegata - Male - Dorsal

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I went to visit Turkey and in this cave 'Dim Magarasi Cavern' (near the exit), I came across this spider?. This picture was lit by flash as otherwise there would be a red color due to the lighting in the cave system. It was a big spider (my guess would be up to 20-25 cm), sitting motionless on the rocks and had lost two of its legs. I read about cave spiders but would love some feedback.

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  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2019
  • Photographed: Mar 12, 2019
  • Spider: Heteropoda variegata
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  • Location: Alanya, Turkey
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes: Dorsal
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Hi. This is a male huntsman spider, Sparassidae family. Looks Heteropoda genus.
Not unusual to find them just inside caves. The Heteropoda maxima was discovered in a cave in Laos, largest spider by legspan.
That light pyramid just above the eyes on top over dark is consistent with Heteropoda venatoria, but not a confirmation of species.


Tentatively Heteropoda variegata based on general appearance and location. New species for this site. Thanks for sharing. 🙂