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One night in early May in northern Taiwan a strange looking spider carrying a large white "package" underneath itself ran in front of me and stopped, so I photographed it. The package is roughly the size and shape and color of a round dental floss dispenser that one would carry in one's pocket, perhaps a little smaller, about 2.5 cm in diameter.

I took some photos with a flash and without. The total span of the spider's legs was about 10 cm.

I'm guessing this would be an egg case, but it's surprisingly large, could it be prey? I suppose if a spider didn't have a home of any kind it would have to carry its meals with itself. It seems to be well adapted to this and moved quickly even with the large load.

Question: What kind of spider is this and what is it carrying underneath itself?

spider with dental-floss (not!)

spider with dental-floss (not!)

spider with dental-floss (not!)

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It's a Huntsman spider. The genus is Heteropoda but not sure of the species (pingtungensis?) Yes, it is an egg case she is carrying.

Ask a local if it is the white barred spider, LaYa 喇犽, Mandarin is 白額高腳蛛. If so then it may be veratorias as in below article. Wikipedia article on one species at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteropoda_venatoria

If you get more good photos, put them on wikipedia or somewhere. Until then, here's Heteropoda venatoria (Fam. Sparassidae) from here:

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh, comments are on again. I fixed the link thank you, feel free to edit the answers yourself to do so. The good photos can go on wikipedia, and maybe iNaturalist. I dont know any other good place to put them. $\endgroup$ – Polypipe Wrangler Jun 22 at 9:23
  • $\begingroup$ Okay this certainly seems close enough for me considering the quality of my snapshots, thanks! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 22 at 10:50

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