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Best legs Giant huntsman spider (Heteropoda maxima)   The Goliath birdeater may be the world’s largest spider by mass, but the giant huntsma...


The goliath bird-eater is the heaviest spider known, with the largest weighing up to 180g. Their 12inch legspan made them the largest spider known until, in 2008, a giant huntsman spider was discovered in Laos. The goliath, Theraphosa blondi, is far more common however and is even kept as an exotic pet. It is known as bird-eater because, like other large spiders, it will sometimes prey on small birds as well as small mammals and lizards

from Live Science

Giant Huntsman Spider: World's Largest Spider By Leg Span

An Australian huntsman spider has a leg span of up to 12 inches (30 centimeters), often described as being “the size of a dinner plate.”...uh, yikes!

from WIRED

Giant Spider Species Discovered in Middle Eastern Sand Dunes

This is actually a real spider, this is not a movie model. It's a new giant "White Lady" type huntsman recently discovered in Israel, scientific name, Cerbalus aravensis. It's probably the largest of it's type found so far. Unfortunately it's under immediate threat.

from Vix

Conoce a la tarántula Goliath, una araña del tamaño de un cachorrito