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Huntsman spider - ***** Australia has 94 species of huntsman spiders,

A huge spider

We were hanging around in the kitchen, when we noticed this critter hurrying along the floor towards us.

Theraphosa Apophysis

Theraphosa Apophysis

"Redback spider", is arguably the most famous, or infamous, Australian spider. Similar to the Black Widow, the bite of the redback spider can cause a reaction quite painful and has the power to cause death sometimes.

"Redback spider", is arguably the most famous, or infamous, Australian spider. Similar to the Black Widow, the bite of the redback spider can cause a reaction quite painful and has the power to cause death sometimes.

A large whip spider (Heterophrynus sp) from the Peruvian Amazon, detail of the spiky pedipals

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˚Queensland Ultraflat spider

I tend to think of anything this small and this active as a jumping spider but this one is much flatter and broader than those I know best. Identified as Queensland Ultraflat, Holoplatys lhotskyi Zabka,

Biggest+Spider+in+the+World | the goliath kite eating tarantula is inbred to the precipitation ...

Goliath Bird Eating Spider (Image via cirrusimage) Only the biggest spider on earth, this plate-sized bird-gnawing beast actually prefers to feast on smaller fare, like bats, bugs, and annoying children. This is a deadly spider to all.

Blind Kauai cave spider with egg pouch. This is one of the rarest spiders in the world, found in only a handful of caves on Kauai.

Blind Kauai cave spider with egg pouch. This is one of the rarest spiders in the world, found in only a handful of caves on Kauai.

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Camel Spiders are not actually spiders, however, they are technically arachnids. Other names include Wind Scorpion, Sun Spiders and Solifuges.

Female Coin Spider (Herennia multipuncta, Nephilidae) by itchydogimages passes 4 million views, via Flickr

Female Coin Spider (Herennia multipuncta, Nephilidae) Typical of many spiders, the female Coin Spider (on the right in the image below) is significantly larger than her diminuative attendant male on.

Adult female red-headed mouse spider, Missulena occatoria (Australia)

Mygalomorphae or primitive spiders, funnel-web, trapdoor and mouse spider

Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica 1

Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica 1

Wolf Spider carrying her young. From Jacobo Martin on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/51708886@N03/6355533401/

Wolf Spider carrying her young. The egg sacs are attached to her spinnerets, which produce silk.

Purseweb Spider, male - Sphodros atlanticus   Purse Web Spider, male – Sphodros atlanticus Purse Web spiders are shiny black spiders, medium in size with an over-sized chelicerae. They have 8 sprawling legs and two body parts.

Purseweb Spider, male - Sphodros atlanticus Purse Web Spider, male – Sphodros atlanticus Purse Web spiders are shiny black spiders, medium in size with an over-sized chelicerae. They have 8 sprawling legs and two body parts.

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