Bark Huntsman Spider - Pediana regina


This page contains pictures and information about Bark Huntsman Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Leg to leg 50mm 
This is a medium size huntsman spider, with camouflaged colour of tree bark. The spider is quite common in eucalypts forest in Brisbane.
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This spider has a Y-shaped pattern on its back. It was always found on tree trunk. As most other huntsmen, its has the flattened body. The patterns on the upper surfaces of thorax and abdomen are distinctive. 
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We found this spider hunting on gum tree trunks a few times, including the smooth bark gum and the Ironbark gum trees.
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The Y-shape pattern may be dark brown to medium brown in colour, vary between individuals. When rest, the spider likes to put front two pairs of legs close together, which is distinctive from other huntsmen.  
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We also found the spider built nest with egg sac under She-oak pine tree. 
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Young one, leg to leg 30mm 

1. Huntsman - Spiders of Australia, by Ed Nieuwenhuys, 2006.
2. Pediana regina - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007.  

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