Bark Huntsman

Species Pediana regina

Bark Huntsman spiders are often found under the bark of trees. They are an important part of the natural world, eating insects like mosquitoes, cockroaches and other invertebrates. They in turn are food for some bird species, reptiles and mammals. The huntsman spiders we find in Baw Baw Shire are brown and hairy and far more frightened of you than you are of them. Huntsman spiders must shed their skin to grow.

A flattened body and crab-like legs enables the Bark Huntsman to slip easily into narrow spaces under bark and crevices in logs and buildings.

They move quickly moving both forwards, backwards and sideways almost in one action because their front legs are longer than their back legs.

Because they live under tree bark, they have also been nicknamed a ‘Tree spider’.

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