Spider identification – what was that spider?

“A great big hairy spider in the bath!” —Flanders and Swann

We found a great big hairy spider in the living room. I took a couple of close-up pictures of it, which I hope turned out. It looked like a funnel-web spider or hunting spider, with large blobs on the ends of its pedipalps. With all my books I’m lacking “The Big Book o’ Spiders” so I’m going to look online for clues to its identity.

First finding: Class Aracnida contains arachnid orders Amblypygi, Araneae (spiders), Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpiones, Ricinulei, Schizomida, Scorpiones, Uropygi, and Acari.

Second finding: I should have counted the eyes before releasing it. Identifying spiders depends partly on eye arrangement: two rows of four, three big ones over five little ones, or three pairs of two.

Third finding: It was probably some kind of huntsman spider. Check down in this link from Know Your Bugs.

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