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Heteropoda davidbowie

David Bowie's Huntsman
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Heteropoda davidbowie is one of the huntsman spiders of the genus Heteropoda. It was first found in Pahang and named after the rock singer David Bowie. This spider is sexually dimorphic and their body length ranges from medium to large. The size of the male ranges from 15.3 to 18.2 mm, while the size of the female ranges from 21.3 to 25.3 mm. The male body has reddish-brown with darker lines and patches all over and covered in short dense hair, prominently interspersed with long bright orange hairs. The female body looks similar but they can vary in colouration between the males reddish-brown and grey. Heteropoda spiders are considered to be exceptional hunters and davidbowie is no exception, with its strong jaws, it is reported that it can capture prey almost twice its size. This species can be found in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia (Sumatra). 


by State Location
  • Pahang 1
  • Perak 1
  • Sabah 1
  • Sarawak 1
Based on publications, specimens, and images

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Tan Li Peng (Dr.)
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Acknowledgements :- Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Mr. Ikman Bin Sabini, Ms. Ilmie Syafiqah Binti Mohd Termizi, Ms. Norazah Binti Norddin, Mrs. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

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Species Citation :- Heteropoda davidbowie. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via [Retrieved 17 April 2024].

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