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Delena cancerides These spiders do not construct webs. They are nomadic hunters and in the wild can be found hiding under tree bark. Huntsman occasionally find themselves inside the house where they provide fantastic, natural pest control! <br />
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Male, body length 30 mm. Leg span 12 cm.  Australia,Delena cancerides,Huntsman Spider,Macro,Sparassidae,arachnid,arthropod,fauna,invertebrate,summer Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Delena cancerides

These spiders do not construct webs. They are nomadic hunters and in the wild can be found hiding under tree bark. Huntsman occasionally find themselves inside the house where they provide fantastic, natural pest control!

Male, body length 30 mm. Leg span 12 cm.

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  1. Hah, I wonder how many people are comfortable with that 12cm leg span in the house as a pest control :) Posted 5 months ago
    1. It's a shame as they are 'gentle giants'. I guess it's the astonishing speed at which they can move - the unpredictability that gets people. This one was a dinky little thing compared to some I've seen. Posted 5 months ago

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''Delena cancerides'', the flat huntsman spider or social huntsman spider, is a large, brown huntsman spider native to Australia. It has been introduced to New Zealand, where it is sometimes known as the Avondale spider as they are commonly found in the suburb of Avondale, Auckland. This was the species used in the beginning of the movie ''Spider-Man'' and widely in ''Arachnophobia'', but it is generally considered harmless to humans. It was first described by Charles Athanase Walckenaer in 1837.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Dec 29, 2018. Captured Dec 23, 2018 08:56.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/99s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm