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SPARASSIDAE - Huntsman Spiders

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Huntsman spiders, members of the family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae), are known by this name 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 (forests, mine shafts, woodpiles, wooden shacks). In southern Africa the genus Palystes are known as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders. Commonly they are confused with baboon spiders from the Mygalomorphae infraorder, which are not closely related.

More than a thousand Sparassidae species occur in most warm temperate to tropical regions of the world, including much of Australasia, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, and the Americas.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Spider identification from photographs should not be definitive in many cases.
For positive identification of many spiders, it is often necessary to examine their copulatory organs under a microscope.

Quote from : Borneo Spiders: A Photographic Field Guide by Joseph K H Koh and Nicky Bay

The gallery images are my Amateurish ID, would be grateful for ID correction.

(Gnathopalystes sp.)[A] ♀
(Gnathopalystes sp.)[A]
(Gnathopalystes sp.)[B] ♀
(Gnathopalystes sp.)[B]
(Gnathopalystes sp.)[C] ♂
(Gnathopalystes sp.)[C]
(Gnathopalystes sp.)[D] ♀
(Gnathopalystes sp.)[D]
(Gnathopalystes kochi) ♀
(Gnathopalystes kochi)
(Heteropoda sp.)[A] ♂
(Heteropoda sp.)[A]
(Heteropoda sp.)[A] ♂ on (Amischotolype sp.)
(Heteropoda sp.)[A] ♂ on (Amischotolype sp.)
(Heteropoda sp.)[A] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[A]
(Heteropoda sp.)[A] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[A]
(Heteropoda sp.)[A] ♂
(Heteropoda sp.)[A]
(Heteropoda sp.)[A] ♂
(Heteropoda sp.)[A]
(Heteropoda sp.)[B] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[B]
(Heteropoda sp.)[C] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[C]
(Heteropoda sp.)[D] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[D]
(Heteropoda sp.)[E] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[E]
(Heteropoda sp.)[E] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[E]
(Heteropoda sp.)[E] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[E]
(Heteropoda sp.)[E] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[E]
(Heteropoda sp.)[E] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[E]
(Heteropoda sp.)[F] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[F]
(Heteropoda sp.)[G] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[G]
(Heteropoda sp.)[H] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[H]
(Heteropoda sp.)[I] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[I]
(Heteropoda sp.)[I] ♂
(Heteropoda sp.)[I]
(Heteropoda sp.)[J] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[J]
(Heteropoda sp.)[J] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[J]
(Heteropoda sp.)[J] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[J]
(Heteropoda sp.)[J] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[J]
(Heteropoda sp.)[J] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[J]
(Heteropoda sp.)[K] ♂
(Heteropoda sp.)[K]
(Heteropoda sp.)[K] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[K]
(Heteropoda sp.)[L] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[L]
(Heteropoda sp.)[L] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[L]
(Heteropoda sp.)[M] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[M]
(Heteropoda sp.)[O] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[O]
(Heteropoda sp.)[P] Juv.
(Heteropoda sp.)[P]
Juv.
(Heteropoda sp.)[P] Juv.
(Heteropoda sp.)[P]
Juv.
(Heteropoda sp.)[Q] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[Q]
(Heteropoda sp.)[R] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[R]
(Heteropoda sp.)[S] Juv.
(Heteropoda sp.)[S]
Juv.
(Heteropoda sp.)[T] ♀
(Heteropoda sp.)[T]
(Heteropoda boiei) ♀
(Heteropoda boiei)
(Heteropoda boiei) ♀
(Heteropoda boiei)
(Heteropoda boiei) ♀
(Heteropoda boiei)
(Heteropoda boiei) ♂
(Heteropoda boiei)
(Heteropoda davidbowie) ♀
(Heteropoda davidbowie)
(Heteropoda davidbowie) ♀
(Heteropoda davidbowie)
(Heteropoda davidbowie) ♀
(Heteropoda davidbowie)
(Heteropoda davidbowie) ♂
(Heteropoda davidbowie)
(Heteropoda davidbowie) Juv.
(Heteropoda davidbowie)
Juv.
(Heteropoda tetrica) ♀
(Heteropoda tetrica)
(Heteropoda tetrica) ♀
(Heteropoda tetrica)
(Heteropoda tetrica) ♀
(Heteropoda tetrica)
(Heteropoda tetrica) ♂
(Heteropoda tetrica)
(Heteropoda venatoria) ♀
(Heteropoda venatoria)
(Heteropoda venatoria) ♀
(Heteropoda venatoria)
(Heteropoda venatoria) ♀
(Heteropoda venatoria)
(Heteropoda venatoria) ♀
(Heteropoda venatoria)
(Heteropoda venatoria) ♀
(Heteropoda venatoria)
(Heteropoda venatoria) ♀
(Heteropoda venatoria)
(Heteropoda venatoria) ♂
(Heteropoda venatoria)
(Olios sp.)[A] ♀
(Olios sp.)[A]
(Olios sp.)[A] ♀
(Olios sp.)[A]
(Olios sp.) [B]  ♀
(Olios sp.) [B]
(Pandercetes sp.)[A] ♀
(Pandercetes sp.)[A]
(Pandercetes sp.)[A] ♀
(Pandercetes sp.)[A]
(Sinopoda sp.)[A] ♀
(Sinopoda sp.)[A]
(Stasina sp.) [A] ♂
(Stasina sp.) [A]
(Stasina sp.) [A] ♀
(Stasina sp.) [A]
(Stasina sp.) [B] ♀
(Stasina sp.) [B]
(Stasina sp.) [C] ♀
(Stasina sp.) [C]
(Thelcticopis sp.) [A] ♀
(Thelcticopis sp.) [A]
(Thelcticopis sp.) [A] ♀
(Thelcticopis sp.) [A]
(Thelcticopis sp.) [A] ♀
(Thelcticopis sp.) [A]
(Thelcticopis sp.) [B] ♀
(Thelcticopis sp.) [B]