Found on a branch over a river in the moist montane forest of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park of Eastern Madagascar, this spectacular spider measured over an inch in body length, and has rarely been seen or studied. It has been identified from photographs by an entomologist at the California Academy of Sciences as Megaloremmius leo, with no common name (although "leo" suggests "lion" spider, aptly descriptive).
© Gregory G. and Mary Beth Dimijian