Whistling spider (species: Selenocosmia crassipes) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Selenocosmia crassipes
Whistling spider

©Robert Whyte: Whistling spider (Selenocosmia crassipes)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Arachnida
Order Araneae
Family Theraphosidae
Genus Selenocosmia
Species Selenocosmia crassipes



Distinguishing features

A very large and hairy spider with thick legs.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Interesting facts

  • The name "whistling tarantula" comes from its ability to produce a hissing noise when provoked, a trait it shares with other Australian theraphosids. This hissing is produced by the spider stridulating a patch of setae associated with its chelicerae.


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Observed very rarely

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