The red-brown body of the David Bowie spider (Heteropoda davidbowie) has a pattern of dark patches and lines and is covered in distinctive, bright orange hairs, which are also present on each of this spider’s appendages. The rear section of the body has a vivid red line along the centre, which is surrounded by similarly coloured hairs (2).
The underside of the David Bowie spider is black, as are its hairless mouthparts (2).
The female David Bowie spider is similar to the male in appearance, but its colour can vary between grey and red-brown and the ringed pattern on its legs is more conspicuous, with dark spots across the brighter areas. There are also six large red areas on the rear section of the upperside of the body (2). As with all spiders, it can be assumed that the female David Bowie spider is larger than the male (3).
The body of all species in the genus Heteropoda is almost as wide as it is long, and the upperside of the body is almost flat (4).
- Male length: 1.5 - 1.8 cm (2)
- Female length: 2.1 - 2.5 cm (2)