Badge Huntsman - Neosparassus sp.






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This Badge Huntsman Spider came out of a pile of leaf mulch that I was raking around the garden, so I moved it to a safer place on a vertical branch on a nearby casuarina tree.
Huntsman Spiders belong to the family Sparassidae. They are also called giant crab spiders or ‘tarantulas’, although they are not related to the true tarantulas of the family Theraphosidae. Most are large-bodied, with long, hairy legs and some species commonly enter human dwellings and motor vehicles.
The Beautiful Badge Huntsman is a large, long-legged spider, with a conspicuous shield shaped ‘badge’ on the underside of the abdomen. It is generally orange-brown to dark brown above with darker flecking, and two larger blackish spots on the dorsal surface of the abdomen. The legs have alternate blackish and either yellowish or white bands, and areas of yellow, with fine black speckling.
The spcies occurs in a range of habitats where it shelters under loose bark and leaf litter, in crevices and under rocks, emerging to hunt at night for insects and other invertebrates.
Bites attributed to this species have occurred, with symptoms including severe pain, inflammation, sweating, nausea and vomiting. Harmful

Location: 40 Taaffe Rd, Wangaratta South VIC 3678, Australia

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Photographer: Peter Rowland

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Latitude: 36° 24' 40.096848" S
Longitude: 146° 13' 50.16204" E


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