Both eye rows recurved. Anterior median eyes smaller than anterior lateral eyes, posterior lateral eyes on vague elevations. Legs II much longer than remaining legs, leg position distinctly laterigrade, leg formula II-I-IV-III.Body length male: 21 mm
Big, very quick spiders, in Central Europe only in warm houses, often also in storehouses (banana spider), but not able to survive here. Originally from Southeast Asia, cosmopolitically distributed today. Females carry the discus-shaped, 20-30 mm large cocoon, welcomed guests in houses in the tropics because they capture cockroaches and other insects.
This species can bite humans, usually when they try to catch or remove it with their hands. The bite causes pain, described as immediate and transient, disappearing already after a few minutes.
This species of Asian origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.
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