Spiders in Indonesia

Did you know that Indonesia is home to more than 50,000 spider species? Yes, the number is massive, but it does not necessarily mean that the country is heavily infested with spiders. In fact, most of spider species you can find in Indonesia are harmless and tend to shy away from humans. So, there is really no cause for alarm or concerns. Although it is best to be aware of what could possibly be lurking around the corner, especially if you plan to visit some of the must-visit tourism places in Indonesia such as Bali.

Spiders in Indonesia

Spiders in Indonesia Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Indonesia

Common Housefly Catcher (Plexippus petersi)Black and White Spiny Spider (Gasteracantha kuhli)Abandoned-web Orb-weaver (Parawixia dehaani)
Hasselt’s Spiny SpiderTree Trunk SpidersCommon House Spiders (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)
Asian Hermit Spider (Nephilengys malabarensis)

Biggest Spiders in Indonesia

Giant Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila pilipes)Giant Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda maxima)

Most Venomous Spiders

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

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Less Venomous Spiders

Orb Weavers (Araneidae)

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  • Oval St. Andrew’s Cross Spider – Argiope aemula
  • Kidney Garden SpiderAraneus mitificus

Jumping Spiders

  • Pantropical Jumping Spider – Plexippus paykulli

Huntsman Spiders

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  • Badge Huntsman Spider – Neosparassus diana