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Huntsman

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Species:
Delena cancerides (RM)
Family:
Sparassidae
formerly Heteropodidae
Body length:
female: 28 mm
male: 24 mm
Habitat:
Under loose bark of tree trunks but sometimes enters houses; it is usual for one adult female and many juveniles to congregate under a single piece of loose bark, most of them immediately dropping to the ground if the bark is torn from the tree trunk.
Toxicity:
Uncertain; probably harmless
Delena cancerides
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Underside
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Scopulae on legs
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With spiderlings

Like most other huntsman spiders, this species has legs that curve forwards like those on a grab and possess obvious scopulae.

An identifying feature of this species is the plain, light brown upper body surfaces and dark legs and chelicerae though younger juveniles have a pale blue-green hue.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other huntsman species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 7 April 2011.