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Sparassidae by melvynyeo Sparassidae by melvynyeo
Interesting Huntsman with long long legs!

Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae) are a family of spiders known as huntsman spiders because of their speed and mode of hunting. They also are called giant crab spiders, because of their size and appearance. Larger species sometimes are referred to as wood spiders, because of their preference for woody places (forest, mine shafts, woodpiles, wooden shacks). In southern Africa the genus Palystes are known as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders. Commonly they also are confused with baboon spiders, which are practically unrelated, being in a different infraorder, the Mygalomorphae.

Sparassidae occur in practically all warm temperate to tropical regions of the world, including much of Australasia, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas.

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MadEyeJude Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
woow! That's what I call really long legs indeed! :D
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:iconkyphoscoliosis:
HAHAHA
Oh, I love spiders.
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:iconggrozny:
This is a great find, very unique spider.. Never seen anything like it!
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Lilac-DownDeep Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The spider looks all flopped over and relaxed. xD But it's probably a fakeout. He's totally looking for prey.
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SelcouthKat Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Trying out for the 2016 Olympics I see ;) Wonderful capture!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
Ha!! :) Thanks! :)
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