Tiger Huntsman Spider
Typostola Sp. or possibly Beregama Sp.
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Family: Sparassidae (Huntsman Spiders)
Size: I didn't measure it and it doesn't seem to have any official info. About 30mm body? It was quite large.
Distribution: Parts of QLD.
Status: They seem to be very rare.
References: Minibeast Wildlife. Also more here.
About the Tiger Huntsman Spider
Only the female has the tiger-like colouring. There isn't a lot of info available on these spiders. I'll look for more...
Note that dead spiders usually fade in colour, so nearly all the spiders will look blacker or darker in colour in real life than they do in the photos of dead spiders from the museum.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 2772 x 2368.
A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, by Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson.
This is my favourite field guide to Australian spiders. It has a proper index. It has amazing photographs. If I had to find a weak point of it, it would be that there are so many photos that there is less writing than there could have been. I like photos though so it's all good. 464 pages.
From the publisher, "A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia uses photographs of live animals to enable identification of commonly encountered spiders to the family level and, in some cases, to genus and species. Featuring over 1300 colour photographs, it is the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published. With more than two-thirds of Australian spiders yet to be scientifically described, this book sets the scene for future explorations of our extraordinary Australian fauna."
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