Heteropoda venatoria
(Huntsman Spider)

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Sparassidae
  • Genus: Heteropoda
  • Species: Heteropoda venatoria

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Huntsman Spider

Other Common Names

Brown Huntsman, Giant Crab Spider, Cane Spider (in Hawaii)

Author

Carl Linnaeus, 1767

Pronunciation

het-er-OH-pod-uh vee-nay-TOH-ree-uh

Identification Traits

Disclaimer: The following table provides a quick overview of the spider's basic attributes. The physical traits are greatly generalized in order to aid in the identification and sorting of spider species using our search feature. This information is not exhaustive, and keep in mind that traits such as color, markings, and overall size and shape can vary widely within a species due to variables such as the spider's age, gender, diet, hydration level, climate, and habitat. Though experienced arachnologists and hobbyists can often classify spiders rather accurately based on their unique markings and general appearance, it's important to know that scientifically accurate spider identification relies on detailed taxonomic keys and microscopic examinations of a spider's reproductive organs.

Female iconFemale Male iconMale
Body size More information icon 22mm - 28mm 22mm - 28mm
Eye count 8
Primary Colors
Identifying Traits Fuzzy or hairy appearance, Unique pattern, Visible spines on legs, Especially long legs


Additional Remarks

  • This is a very large spider. Its leg span can reach up to 4-5 inches.
  • Can be swift and sometimes aggressive but not considered dangerously venomous to humans. May bite in self-defense if roughly handled; mildly painful bite (can be likened to a bee sting if spider injects venom).
  • Known for its affinity for eating cockroaches.
  • Egg sac is white and carried underneath the body of the female, held by her fangs and pedipalps.
  • Unlike females, the adult males have a large black area on their carapace that is divided by a thin, beige ‘V’-shaped line.

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  • Submitted Calendar iconJun 28, 2016
  • Photographed Picture iconNov 1, 2011
  • Copyright icon Vaishak Kallore / Vaikoovery
  • SpiderID
    spiderid (Submitted by)
  • Sex icon
    Male
  • Location iconKoovery Village, Kerala, India
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