Sparassidae
(Giant Crab Spiders)

The spider family Sparassidae, commonly known as Giant Crab Spiders, have been sighted 249 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Sparassidae includes 41 countries and 11 states in the United States. Sparassidae is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of April.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Sparassidae

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Giant Crab Spiders

Other Common Names

Huntsman Spiders

Author

Philipp Bertkau, 1872

Sightings Overview

There have been 249 confirmed sightings of Sparassidae (Giant Crab Spiders), with the most recent sighting submitted on February 18, 2019 by Spider ID member kullerbytta. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 249 sightings because of certain Sparassidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 7% of the time, Sparassidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 223)
  • Sex: 31 female and 63 male.
  • Environment: Sparassidae has been sighted 105 times outdoors, and 140 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (54). On flower (1). Low foliage (8). High foliage (6). Ground layer (9). Under rock or debris (8). Freshwater river, lake, stream (1). Saltwater (2). Open field, pasture, grassland (2). Forest (6). Desert area (8).

Location and Range

Sparassidae (Giant Crab Spiders) has been sighted in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, French Polynesia, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia.

Sparassidae has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, None, Ohio, Oregon, Texas.

Seasonality

Sparassidae has been primarily sighted during the month of April.

  • January: 18
  • February: 21
  • March: 38
  • April: 48
  • May: 48
  • June: 14
  • July: 5
  • August: 7
  • September: 4
  • October: 16
  • November: 10
  • December: 17


Genus: Curicaberis

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Genus: Eusparassus (Stone Huntsman Spiders)

Genus: Heteropoda

Genus: Holconia

Genus: Isopeda

Genus: Isopedella

Genus: Micrommata

Genus: Neosparassus (Badge Huntsman Spiders)

Genus: Olios

Genus: Palystes (Rain Spiders)

Genus: Polybetes

Genus: Pseudopoda

Genus: Thelcticopis


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