Australian Huntsman SpiderImage Index Calligaster Group of Spiders Huntsman and Ticks Delena cancerides Holconia immanis Isopeda brachyseta Isopedella inola Isopedella leai Neosparassus calligaster Neosparassus diana Neosparassus patellatus

The Badge Huntsman Spider (Neosparassus diana), is a large and long-legged spider named after the distinctive colour pattern of black, white, orange or yellow, under the abdomen and the colour bands on the underside of the legs.

Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus diana) © Netti Eustace Gray
Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus diana) © Netti Eustace Gray

As with many species of huntsman, the Badge Huntsman Spiders can often 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.

Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus diana) © Netti Eustace Gray
Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus diana) © Netti Eustace Gray

In the following photograph you can see the distinctive badge that gives the common name of Badge Huntsman Spider.

Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus diana), Bermagui State Forest NSW © Deb Taylor
Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus diana), Bermagui State Forest NSW © Deb Taylor


  • 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 diana

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs Neosparassus diana © Netti Eustace Gray
  2. Photograph Neosparassus diana © Deb Taylor
  3. Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus diana), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/353524-Neosparassus-diana
  4. Badge Huntsman Spiders, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/spiders/badge-huntsman-spiders-neosparassus-sp/

Australian Huntsman SpiderImage Index Calligaster Group of Spiders Huntsman and Ticks Delena cancerides Holconia immanis Isopeda brachyseta Isopedella inola Isopedella leai Neosparassus calligaster Neosparassus diana Neosparassus patellatus

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