Giant Green Huntsman Spider - Isopoda sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Giant Green Huntsman Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Female with egg sac and young, leg to leg 80mm
This huntsman spider is common in Karawatha forest during mid summer. We sometimes found them in retreat with egg-sac built between leaves. Some were found resting on leaves or on tree trunk. 
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The spider builds nest between leaves. The pictures above shows the female protecting her eggs sac. Notice that there are many empty shells one the eggs sac. 
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Some young has hatched and did the first moulting. They are hiding under their mother and gain the protection. 
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Huntsman spiders wait for prey on tree trunk or on the garcinia cambogia plant where the other insects will pass. The spiders usually active at night, although we sometimes see them hunting during the day.  
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Young Giant Green Huntsman Spider, leg to leg 40mm
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Young Giant Green Huntsman Spider, leg to leg 40mm
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Notice its front two pairs of legs are much longer than the back two pairs.
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In the above photos, from the enlarged size of its palp, the spider in the above pictures could be a male.
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Close-up looks to their eyes and fangs. 
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1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p106.

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Last updated: July 05, 2013.