This page contains pictures and information about Huntsman Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Huntsman Spider 
Huntsman Spiders are large to very large size spiders. Most of them have flattened body suitable to live inside the narrow gaps under bark, log and stone. They are usually brown or grey in colours. The spiders have crab-like legs - all legs bend forwards. They can walk backwards, forwards and sideway. Their front two pairs of legs are usually much longer than back. They run fast, hunt by chasing after prey. Sometimes they come inside house looking for prey. If someone found spiders are scary, most likely Huntsman Spiders are the major causes. 
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Eight eyes in two rows of four                               Female, egg-sac and juveniles                               Crab-like legs
Females make oval flat egg-sac under bark or between leaves. They will guard the eggs and juveniles.  
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Day-time hiding under bark                                  Night-time hunting on tree trunk                             Some active during daytime
Huntsman Spiders active during the night, They hide in their retreat, under bark or some other shelter, during the day. Instead of chasing prey, most huntsman spiders wait at the spots where insects will come by. It is believe that the coming and going of insects put down scent trails that the huntsmen can pick up. 
Huntsman Spiders have eight eyes in two row of four, all dark in colour. They are believed to have poor eye-sight.  

Brown Huntsman Spider 1
Heteropoda jugulans or H. cervina, leg to leg 70mm
The spider's body and the hairy legs are brown in colour. Notice the 'X' mark on carapace (small photo). Sometimes they will come indoors and run around on our walls and ceilings. We have detail information and pictures about this spider in this page.
Brown Huntsman Spider 2
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Heteropoda sp., leg to leg 40mm
Found this huntsman spider in Karawatha Forest. It was resting on a gum leaf. Check this page for more information. 

Bark Huntsman Spider
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Pediana regina, leg to leg 50mm
This spider has a Y-shaped pattern on its back. It was found hunting on tree trunk and had the flattened body. The patterns on the upper surfaces of thorax and abdomen are distinctive. Please also check this page for more details.

Giant Grey Huntsman Spider 1
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Holconia immanis (former Isopeda immanis), leg to leg 100mm
This is a very large spider, one of the largest Huntsmen found in Australia. The body is reddish grey in colour, with brown white bended legs. There is the dark brown dagger pattern on top of abdomen. Pictures show a male. Female is even larger, has the relatively larger abdomen and smaller palps, otherwise look the same. Please click on here for more pictures and information.
Giant Grey Huntsman Spider 2
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Isopeda sp., leg to leg 80mm 
The spider in the above photo was found sun-bathing outside its nest, which was under the bark just next to it. Check this page for more infromation.
Giant Green Huntsman Spider
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Adult female with egg-sac                                     Young                                                                  Juvenile
Isopoda sp., adult leg to leg 80mm 
This huntsman spider is common in Karawatha Forest. Notice its front two pairs of legs are much longer than tha back. Click here for more pictures and information on this spider.
Mountain Huntsman Spider
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Isopeda montana, leg to leg 50mm
We found this huntsman spider in Anstead Forest on Aug 2009. This huntsman is relatively colourful. Notice on of its front leg is smaller and different. It could be a new leg replaced the broken one. Please also check this page for more information. 

Shield Huntsman Spider 1
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Neosparassus salacius (former Olios salacius), leg to leg 80mm
We found this Shield Huntsman Spider (also know as Badge Huntsman Spider) in a shelter made by silk and leaves on a gum tree. When we examined its shelter, the spider jumped onto the ground and quickly ran away. The spider is pale brown in colour, no marking on the thorax. Please visit this page for more pictures and information.
Shield Huntsman Spider 2
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Neosparassus sp. (former Olios sp.), leg to leg 50mm 
We found this orange brown huntsman spider on the floor of Karawatha Forest. Its legs were thick. We think this could the the young Shield Huntsman Spider or related species. Check this page for more information.
Unknown Huntsman 1
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? Neosparassus sp. leg to leg 30mm
1. Unknown sparassid - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007 
2. Spiders - family Sparassidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2009.
Flat Huntsman Spider
Delena cancerides, leg to leg 100mm
This very large spider was hiding under the lose bark of a gum tree. Its thorax was round and brown in colour, with a 'X' mark on its carapace. It ran very fast. After I took this picture, it ran away up to the gum tree and disappeared in a second. More information can be found in this page.

Unknown Huntsman 1
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? Neosparassus sp. leg to leg 30mm
Unknown Huntsman 2
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Body length 10mm
Unknown Huntsman 3
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? sp. leg to leg 50mm
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Found quite a few of them hiding under bark on Mar 2011 in Ford Road Conservation Area. 

1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p55.
2. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p32. 
3. Sparassidae - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2009.
4. SPARASSIDAE Huntsman spiders - Save Our Waterways Now. 
5. Family SPARASSIDAE Bertkau, 1872 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 
6. Huntsman - Spiders of Australia, by Ed Nieuwenhuys, 2006.
7. Spiders - family Sparassidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2009.

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