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Neosparassus calligaster

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Neosparassus calligaster (JS)
(or a closely related species)
Previous species name:
Olios calligaster
formerly Heteropodidae
Body length:
female: 12-18 mm
male: 10-16 mm
On or under leaves and loose bark
Bites may lead to mild illness but this species is not naturally aggressive towards humans
Neosparassus calligaster
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Underneath spider
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A related species?
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Underneath spider

The markings on this spider are relatively colourful for an Australian huntsman and the appearance of the black and red patch on the underside of the abdomen is important for its identification, several other Neosparassus species having a somewhat similar patch.

Known range: This has been found widely across Australia but seems to be most common from South-east Queensland to Adelaide. It apparently is not in Tasmania.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other yellow or green Australian sparassids, several of which will be Neosparassus species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 January 2022.