Beautiful Badge Huntsman
S9, Adult Male ,dorsal
Beautiful Badge Huntsman
S9, Eye Arrangement
Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Huntsman (Sparassidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster)
This Photo:     S2, Eye arrangement
Synonym: Olios calligaster
Other name: Shield huntsman spider

Thank you Ben Kurek for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
The adult male (S9) we measured at ~17mm long, while the Juv Female (S2) was ~14mm long.
A very fitting common name! S9 was the most striking Huntsman we've come across. The ventral orange patch was unusually pale/non-existant though.

Copyright © 2015-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Mar-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.