Canberra Spiders: Huntsman Spider

CANBERRA'S HUNTSMAN SPIDER

Canberra Huntsman SpiderIsopoda, Delena and Neosparassus species
Family: Eusparassidae

These large, agile spiders are common in houses. In nature they hide in narrow crevices, venturing out at night to hunt insects and small vertebrates. While Isopoda and Delena have flattened bodies for hiding under bark, Olios is more rounded and lives among foliage. Huntsman spiders are often found near outside lights, preying on moths. Delena is an unusual spider in that it often forms ‘colonies’ of up to 300 individuals under the bark of trees. They seem to live together harmoniously without the typical cannibalism of spiders. Although the bite of Huntsman spiders can be painful they are not dangerous.

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