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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 Desert Huntsman, the species Isopedella inola spider is part of the Australian Huntsman Spiders group belonging to the family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae).

Isopedella inola, Australian Huntsman Spider, Alice Springs, NT
Isopedella inola, Australian Huntsman Spider, Alice Springs, NT

Huntsman Spiders are often found under the loose bark of trees, in crevices, under rocks and rock walls. With the urban sprawl, many have successfully adapted, especially where the homes have gardens. This Desert Huntsman (Isopedella inola) pictured here was photographed on the ceiling roof joist over a car space in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

In the following series of photographs of the Isopedella inola huntsman spider, it was hiding among some yucca plant cuttings sitting in bins at the same location as pictured above. The lifespan of most Huntsman species is said to be about two years or more. The following photos of the Isopedella inola were taken approximately 16 months apart to those photos above, so it may be that they are the same spider.

Australian Huntsman Spider (Isopedella inola), also known as the Desert Huntsman Spider, Alice Springs NT
Desert Huntsman Spider (Isopedella inola), Alice Springs NT

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

Footnote & References
  1. Isopedella inola, Many thanks for ID to Ben Kurek and Katrina Schwager, members of Australian spider identification page, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1743343242607376
  2. Isopedella inola, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/832255-Isopedella-inola
  3. Huntsman Spiders, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/spiders/huntsman-spiders/

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)

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