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Huntsman spider by melvynyeo Huntsman spider by melvynyeo
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Sparassidae are eight-eyed spiders. The eyes appear in two largely forward-facing rows of four on the anterior aspect of the prosoma. Many species grow very large – in Laos, Heteropoda maxima males attain a legspan of 250–300 mm (about 10–12 in). Persons unfamiliar with spider taxonomy commonly confuse large species with tarantulas, but huntsman spiders can generally be identified by their legs, which, rather than being jointed vertically relative to the body, are twisted in such a way that in some attitudes the legs extend forward in a crab-like fashion.

On their upper surfaces the main colours of huntsman spiders are inconspicuous shades of brown or grey, but many species have undersides more or less aposematically marked in black-and-white, with reddish patches over the mouthparts. Their legs bear fairly prominent spines, but the rest of their bodies are smoothly furry. They tend to live under rocks, bark and similar shelters, but human encounters are commonly in sheds, garages and other infrequently-disturbed places. The banded huntsman (Holconia) is large, grey to brown with striped bands on its legs. The Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus) is larger still, brown and hairy. The tropical or brown huntsman (Heteropoda) is also large and hairy, with mottled brown, white and black markings. The eyesight of these spiders is not nearly as good as that of the Salticidae (jumping spiders). Nevertheless, their vision is quite sufficient to detect approaching humans or other large animals from some distance.
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:iconggrozny:
Wow this is a super shot! The top view is a great view as well, but I love how it's legs are framing the eyes!
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:iconbab973:
vraiment très inspirant.
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shaq-fu-yung Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that there's nothing else in the shot.
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:iconskyegriffith:
If I didnt know better I would think that the huntsman is your favorite spider to photograph. They are a beautiful specimen.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
:) I like all bugs :) Thanks! :)
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:iconskyegriffith:
As do I and it is my pleasure.
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ratravarman Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are one helluva a bug wrangler! You get such great expression from them! Bravo! :ahoy:
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