Sparassidae - Cave Spider (Borneo)
If you can identify the exact species, please post a comment or email me!
Scale: about 5 inch diameter (including the legs), i.e. about the actual size on a standard computer monitor.
Photo of another spider of the exact same species.
I found similar spiders in other caves, see here.
Remember: Spiders are our friends: they eat mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects, and they almost never attack or harm people.
They are nice and friendly, they just have a bad reputation because they look spooky with their 8 legs and their 8 eyes :)
Remember, spiders are good for people. They eat mosquitos and other desease-carring insects and they almost never bite people. They are nice and friendly, they just have a bad reputation because they look spooky with their 8 legs and their 8 eyes :)
Don't kill spiders! If you find one in your house, leave it alone or gently take it outside. Remember, spiders are your friends, they catch and eat mosquitos.
Photos taken in Gunung Mulu National Park (Borneo).
For more information about Gunung Mulu National Park, read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Mulu_National_Park
Photos of spelunkers exploring Racer Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park (Borneo)
This is a small cave that Mulu Park guides use to evaluate if people can be taken in deeper caves that have more technical difficulties, like "Clearwater Connection". 3 people in our group of 8 didn't pass the "Racer Cave" test.
Racer Cave is small but a bit challenging. It has a few vertical walls that are 6m to 8m high, equiped with knotted ropes (no need for rappeling), and some nice concretion formations, including very large drapes and a shower-head.
Our guide that day was Ipoi Lawin, and we were 8 visitors in the group.
Photos taken in the Malaysian states of Borneo island (Sarawak and Sabah).