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Alice Springs SpidersAustralian Golden Orb Weaver Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Banded Garden Spider Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

Known as the Beautiful Badge Huntsman Spider (Neosparassus calligaster), this large and long-legged spider species has a recognisable prominent shield shape markings on the underneath of the abdomen (a black and red patch on the underside), hence the other common name of Shield Huntsman Spider.

This species also has distinctive colour pattern of black, white, orange or yellow, coloured bands on the underside of the legs.

Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), Alice Springs NT
Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), Alice Springs NT

Like most Badge Huntsman Spiders and as with many species of huntsman, they can be found living under loose bark on trees, in logs, in crevices on rock walls, under rocks and slabs of bark and thick debris on the ground, and on foliage.

They can also be found in urban gardens and entering houses, with the Beautiful Badge Huntsman Spider pictured here having been sighted around a swimming pool (pool fencing), captured in a glass container and released into the garden.

It is interesting how the image of the spider below, being in the sunshine (a bit over exposed) and from a different angle, looks different to the following photos (rest assured that this is the same spider).

Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), Alice Springs NT
Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), Alice Springs NT

The colour above are orange-brown to dark brown, dark flecks, with two blackish spots on the dorsal surface of the abdomen. As well as alternate coloured bands, the legs also have fine black speckling. The male is larger than the female.

Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), Alice Springs NT
Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), Alice Springs NT

The Neosparassus calligaster has a recorded range from Mackay in Queensland, south through the coastal parts of eastern Australia to Victoria and South Australia, stretching inland to Aice Springs in Central Australia, and with limited sightings in Tasmania. There are recorded sightings in Western Australia (although the originals may possibly be vagrants).

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Infraorder: Entelegynae
  • Superfamily: Sparassoidea
  • Family: Sparassidae
  • Subfamily: Deleninae
  • Genus: Neosparassus
  • Species: Neosparassus calligaster

Footnote & References
  1. Many thanks to Ben Kurek for species ID, member of Australian spider identification page Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/australianspidereducation/
  2. Many thanks for ID to genus Tizzie Figg and Johan Fruger member of Australian spider identification page Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/australianspidereducation/
  3. Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/564915-Neosparassus-calligaster
  4. Badge Huntsman Spiders, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/spiders/badge-huntsman-spiders-neosparassus-sp/
  5. Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster), ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/188245537

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