Last Updated on Monday, 17 July, 2017 08:38:31 PM


Huntsman spiders (Family Sparassidae is  formerly Heteropodidae)

Giant Crab Spiders (Sparassidae)


遁蛛科 Family : Sparassidae

Huntsman spiders (Family Sparassidae is  formerly Heteropodidae)


Family: Sparassidae
Genus: Heteropoda

Species include:

Heteropoda acuta Davies, 1994 — Queensland, Australia
Heteropoda amphora Fox, 1936 — China, Hong Kong
Heteropoda cervina L. Koch, 1875 — Queensland
Heteropoda dagmarae Jäger & Vedel, 2005 — Laos, Thailand
Heteropoda davidbowie Jäger, 2008 — Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra
Heteropoda fischeri Jäger, 2005 — India
Heteropoda hosei Pocock, 1897 — Borneo
Heteropoda maxima Jäger, 2001 — Laos
Heteropoda venatoria Linnaeus, 1767 — Pantropical
Heteropoda zuviele Jäger, 2008 — Vietnam

Heteropoda tetrica

We have in our image bank a collection of  5 species in Genus Heteropoda a total of 16 individuals mostly female.

5 1 2 3 4
Heteropoda lunula

Heteropoda lunula


2015-08-09 MALIAU RIVER

Heteropoda sp TBL

Heteropoda sp TBL
Female 7mm

14-7-2015 TBL


Heteropoda boiei

Heteropoda boiei
Female 8mm

15-7-2015 TBL


Heteropoda tetrica

Heteropoda tetrica

16-9-2014 SG TAWAU
Heteropoda venatoria
Heteropoda venatoria

Heteropoda venatoria
Female 20mm
16-12-2009 TEA
(Has a white band across the face)



Heteropoda natans
found only in Borneo
2017-07-07 FRI VIPER TRIAL
Rhitymna pinangensis 2017-07-07 FRI 20:39  NIGHT WALK

Rhitymna pinangensis
Body length about 1.5cm

  Rhitymna pinangensis

Rhitymna pinangensis
2017-07-07 Viper Trial





Family: Sparassidae
Genus : Pandercetes (Lichen Spider)

  Pandercetes sp MALIAU
Pandercetes sp MALIAU

Female 13mm
2015-07-20 MALIAU RIVER

Pandercetes sp RDC

Female hatching

Rainforest Discovery Center


Family: Sparassidae
Genus: Thelcticopis

Thelcticopis sp MALIAU

Thelcticopis sp MALIAU
Female juvenile 4mm

2015-08-16 MALIAU RIVER

0 New Genus
1 Adcatomus
2 Anaptomecus
3 Anchognatha
4 Anchonastus
5 Arandisa
6 Barylestis
7 Beregama
8 Berlandia
9 Bhutaniella
10 Caayguara
11 Carparachne
12 Cebrennus
13 Cerbalus
14 Chrosioderma
15 Clastes
16 Damastes
17 Decaphora
18 Defectrix
19 Delena
20 Dermochrosia
21 Eusparassus
22 Exopalystes
23 Geminia
24 Gnathopalystes
25 Guadana
27 Holconia
28 Irileka
29 Isopeda
30 Isopedella
31 Keilira
32 Leucorchestris
33 Macrinus
34 Martensopoda
35 Megaloremmius
36 Micrommata
37 Microrchestris
38 Neosparassus
39 Nisueta
40 Nolavia
41 Nonianus
42 Olios
43 Orchestrella
44 Origes
45 Paenula
46 Palystella
47 Palystes
48 Panaretella
50 Parapalystes
51 Pediana
52 Pleorotus
53 Polybetes
54 Prusias
55 Prychia
56 Pseudomicrommata
57 Pseudopoda
58 Pseudosparianthis
59 Quemedice
60 Remmius
61 Rhacocnemis
63 Sagellula
64 Sampaiosia
65 Sarotesius
66 Sinopoda
67 Sivalicus
68 Sparianthina
69 Sparianthis
70 Spariolenus
71 Staianus
72 Stasina
73 Stasinoides
74 Stipax
75 Strandiellum
76 Thelcticopis
77 Thomasettia
78 Tibellomma
79 Tychicus
80 Typostola
81 Uaiuara
82 Vindullus
83 Yiinthi
84 Zachria

Family: Sparassidae
Genus : NEW


Neosparassus ??


Sri Indah

Greenish Yellow 

Sparassidae New Genus
The eye arrangement is not belonging to any known genus.

Sparassidae New Genus NABALU

Sparassidae New Genus NABALU

Huntsman Spider - Isopeda NABALU
Isopeda NABALU

Neosparassus ??



Light Gold Color 

Isopeda 高脚蛛

Isopoda sp



Isopeda montana


Isopeda sp
Lycosidae BOMBALAI




The 4 easily confused species :

Nursery web spiders Wolf spiders



Family : Pisauridae

Family : Lycosidae

Family : Sparassidae formerly Heteropodidae




Isopeda Bombalai
Isopeda Bombalai

Isopeda NABALU - Huntsman Spider
Isopeda NABALU

These 2 spider's eye arrangement is similar to Huntsman but with the two lower side eyes extraordinary big.

Both these two spiders comes out during day time while most huntsman active only at night



Huntsman spiders (Sparassidae, formerly Heteropodidae) is a family of spiders also known as the giant crab spiders, due to their appearance. Larger specimens of these spiders are also sometimes referred to as wood spiders, due to their preference for inhabiting woody places (forest, mine shafts, woodpiles). They are known as rain spiders in southern Africa.

These eight-eyed spiders are found in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Florida, and Hawaii, and possibly in many other tropical and semi-tropical regions.

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. Females make oval flat egg-sac under bark or between leaves. They will guard the eggs and juveniles.
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.


Neosparassus salacius (Olios salacius )


Neosparassus sp. (Olios sp.)



Heteropoda Unidentified

Heteropoda Unidentified

19-7-2009 gUDANG 4

Pseudpoda sp.(少)

Pseudpoda sp.(少)


Pediana regina



Holconia immanis (former Isopeda immanis)


Holconia immanis (former Isopeda immanis)


Micrommata BABANGA

Micrommata BABANGA
Female 5.5mm

16-9-2009 Babanga Forest Reserve

Micrommata virescens(普)




A genus of huntsman spiders that occurs almost exclusively in the Australasian region, from India to Japan to New Guinea and Fiji. However, one species (T. pestai) occurs in Costa Rica, and another (T. humilithorax) in Congo basin.

This genus is distinguished by the abdomen narrowing behind and ending in terminal spinnerets which are borne on a tubular stalk separated at the base by a membranous ring. They are often brownish-red, the abdomen is either of uniform color or shows paired spots. However, some species are black, yellow or green


Thelcticopis 魅蛛屬

Hong Kong

Thelccticopis sp



Spiders of Sabah  July 17, 2017 08:38:31 PM

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