According to Guinness World Records, the largest spider in the world is Goliath spider the birdeater – an incorrect name, however, since it doesn’t feed mainly with birds. It’s a “dog-sized” arachnid, as a biologist who has met this giant spider three times during a expedition has written on his blog.
Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer working at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, met “eye-to-eye” with this spectacular spider in Guyana.
The Goliath spider (Theraphosa blondi) is the largest spider in the world; the leg opening reaches 30 cm in length, has a “big fist” body, after the description of the same biologist, is armed with 5 cm long chelicers (“corners”) and weighs approx. 170 g.
It is venomous; venom is not deadly for humans, but the bite of such a spider is extremely painful.