Size: Male body 14-18 mm, Female 21-23 mm
Distribution: All over Australia
A great many Isopeda species are found all over Australia.
Danger: I picked up a large huntsman in my hands once, when I was a teenager and I wanted to look tough. I would not recommend trying this (nor would I do it now) as they can bite. Though the bite is not deadly it can still hurt. Another time, an ex-girlfriend told me that her new boyfriend picked up one and it bit him on the hand :D Though it didn't do that much harm, just some pain. Based on these experiences it may be possible that they only bite bad people, and not good people.
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 2712 x 2244.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3883 x 2437.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 4024 x 2708.
Spiders: A Wild Australia Guide, by Patrick Honan.
96 pages. This is a smaller spider guide showing the most well known spiders and then a few more.
From the publisher, "Australia is home to more than 2000 known species of spiders - and it is estimated that four times that number actually exist in this country waiting to be discovered! Within the ranks of Australian spiders we find some of the most uniquely interesting and skilled creatures of the animal world, along with a few potentially-deadly species and even more harmless individuals with fearsome reputations. Love them or loathe them, spiders are a part of everyday life, and this Steve Parish WILD AUSTRALIA GUIDE provides an insight into the lives of some of these often-reclusive visitors to our gardens, homes and wild places. From how to identify them and where they live, to their unique skills and behaviours, this guide lets you get up close to some of the most common Australian spiders. Who knows? You may even find some of these fascinating creatures living right under your nose."
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