Thursday, January 19, 2012

My spidey friend ... not quite Canberra sized, but big

I'm sharing my room here at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station with William Ulate from our BHL partner at the Missouri Botanical Garden and this nice sized Huntsman spider. Not nearly as big as the species that I met in the Atlas of Living Australia conference room in June 2010, but pretty big and speedy.

This time round, I have a scale for the people who believe that the spider grew in size with each telling of the story. As you can see, s/he is just about as big as a hotel key card. Plus, s/he is staying in the shower (at least I hope s/he stays in the shower).

Sadly, I have only William and the spider for company; the folks in the next room down had a bat sleep over last night.

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