Just wondering if the half-dollar size diameter refers to body only, or body and legs. Either way it approaches limit of my comfort zone for proximity to a spider out and about. I find spiders interesting, so many varieties. I admire their engineering skills and that they catch insects, although the bird-catching ones kind of freak me out.
I've co-existed with spiders in my home with different degrees of equanimity...oh look at the little striped spider, brown and white, reminded me of peppermint candy, and I checked the web in a bathroom window to see what the catch of the day was. I slept in a room with two tarantulas, each snug in its very own aquarium. My major concern was would there be an earthquake during this
visit. In another house I stayed out of the basement after meeting a good-sized spider by the washing machine. I tried to be cool and was loading laundry when the critter jumped and I jumped and ran. Husband did the wash for several months.
Maybe I'll get to see this new spider in a zoo or musem but not in a cave.