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Jul 26, 2008 17:17 |  #1

I only had my 28-135 with me when I say this guy, wouldn't you know it? Anyway, this is the best pick I could get. Sharpened a little in PS, hope it's not too much.


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Jul 26, 2008 18:29 |  #2

sure is some species of trapdoor


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Jul 26, 2008 19:44 |  #3

My lord! Thats thing is horrible looking! Def one of the creepiest spiders I have ever seen.


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Jul 26, 2008 19:44 |  #4

My kitten caught one of these guys out searching for a mate. It's usually the males that wander. It is definitely a trapdoor spider, probably an Ummidia. I got some shots as well, but mine had to be cropped quite a bit.  :o:rolleyes:

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I thought it was probably one of the neatest native spiders I have ever seen. Definitely one of the largest!! :shock:

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Jul 26, 2008 20:29 |  #5

That's one mean looking spider. Shame you didn't have the macro gear handy.


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Definitely a trapdoor of some sort - give aways are the shiny cephalothorax, dull abdomen and heavily armoured body/joints as well as the large chelicerae (as well as the pincer design). They can be aggressive, but more than likely will run like hell. Can give a nasty bite as well, so I'd be cautious. Trapdoors, mouse spiders, and tarantulas and of course, the funnel web spider from Australia are all primitives, i.e. mygalomorphs. And yes, it's the males that usually are out and about, hunting for a mate.

Good shot Bill and Elizabeth.

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Jul 29, 2008 02:18 |  #7

dpastern wrote in post #5998730 (external link)
Definitely a trapdoor of some sort - give aways are the shiny cephalothorax, dull abdomen and heavily armoured body/joints as well as the large chelicerae (as well as the pincer design). They can be aggressive, but more than likely will run like hell. Can give a nasty bite as well, so I'd be cautious. Trapdoors, mouse spiders, and tarantulas and of course, the funnel web spider from Australia are all primitives, i.e. mygalomorphs. And yes, it's the males that usually are out and about, hunting for a mate.

Good shot Bill and Elizabeth.

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Thanks Dave, for the info, and everyone else for the nice comments!


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Jul 29, 2008 02:34 |  #8

Wonderful find - I would think twice about getting too close that one- looks mean :)
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LordV wrote in post #6005075 (external link)
Wonderful find - I would think twice about getting too close that one- looks mean :)
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Probably not a good idea, can still give nasty bites, even if they aren't lethal.

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Jul 29, 2008 05:31 as a reply to  @ dpastern's post |  #10

i think you got close enough Bill. that thing is huge. nice find too.

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Jul 29, 2008 11:23 |  #11

drevilsmom wrote in post #5990277 (external link)
My kitten caught one of these guys out searching for a mate. It's usually the males that wander. It is definitely a trapdoor spider, probably an Ummidia. I got some shots as well, but mine had to be cropped quite a bit. :o:rolleyes:





I thought it was probably one of the neatest native spiders I have ever seen. Definitely one of the largest!! :shock:

Love the perspective with the finger... haven't seen these spiders before, but they looked huge initially!


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It's either an immature male, or a female as well (or the angles just don't allow me to see), but most of these primitive species males have a hook on the 2nd leg (2nd tarsil from memory) for mating purposes.

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