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"We found a specimen of what we believe to be a 'Yaeyama' spider," base spokesman Maj.
Japanese island of Irimote, in the Yaeyama archipelago, itself the southern-most extension of the Ryukyu island chain.
All civil records for the Okinawa prefecture were destroyed during World War II, except those records maintained on the islands of Miyako and Yaeyama.
The Yaeyama widow has red spots on its back and lives under rocks.
Canedo said the base is unsure how the suspected Yaeyama spider made it to Iwakuni.