Southport resident may have found a Huntsman Spider? August 18th, 2014 jmr jmr Latest News Latest Uncategorized Shares Comments Photo: Spider found in a property on the promenade Southport (16/08/2014) Dear OtsNews I have just found what I think is a huntsman spider, just thought I would let you know as I’m aware from articles I have read that it can be potentially very dangerous! Can anyone confirm the species? The Huntsman is Commonly found in Australia Info By: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Huntsman-Spiders Alternative Name/s Tarantula, Giant Crab Spider Number of species 94 described species. Identification Huntsman spiders are large, long-legged spiders. They are mostly grey to brown, sometimes with banded legs. Many huntsman spiders, especially Delena (the flattest), and including Isopeda, Isopedella and Holconia, have rather flattened bodies adapted for living in narrow spaces under loose bark or rock crevices. This is aided by their legs which, instead of bending vertically in relation to the body, have the joints twisted so that they spread out forwards and laterally in crab-like fashion (‘giant crab spiders’). Both Brown (Heteropoda) and Badge (Neosparassus) Huntsman spiders have less flattened bodies. Brown Huntsman (Heteropoda species) spiders are patterned in motley brown, white and black. Size range Body lengths: 2 cm (female), 1.6 cm (male); Leg span: up to 15 cm Distribution These genera are generally widely distributed throughout Australia, although Heteropoda is absent from most of Southeastern Australia and Tasmania has only a few Huntsman species, notably Delena cancerides and Neosparassus spp. Habitat Huntsman Spiders are found living under loose bark on trees, in crevices on rock walls and in logs, under rocks and slabs of bark on the ground, and on foliage. Dozens of the social huntsman species, Delena cancerides, can be seen sitting together under bark on dead trees and stumps (notably wattles) but they can also be found on the ground under rocks and bark slabs. Huntsman spiders of many species sometimes enter houses. They are also notorious for entering cars, and being found hiding behind sun visors or running across the dashboard. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Instagram www.instagram.com/otsnews Related Comments comments!