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Old Oct 12, 2010, 5:48 AM   #1
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Default [pics] Melbourne Trapdoor Spider up close and personal!

Spent a weekend in early April at my mateís place in Bonnie Doon. Itís one of my favourite places to visit; the views are amazing, surrounded by acres of bushland, plenty of wildlife & hardly any other people around.. just perfect.

While wandering around the property we came across a Melbourne Trapdoor Spider. Itís home had been disturbed by something. This was my first encounter with this species, quite exhilarating & a little scary at the same time! Iím not usually frightened of spiders, but this one certainly was quite intimidating, especially when it reared up on its hind legs & displayed its fangs to us! Unfortunately I didnít get a good shot of its fangs right out, believe me it was a sight to behold.

Although the Melbourne Trapdoor Spider are a relation to their Sydney namesake, they have not been implicated in any fatalities or serious envenomations like the Sydney relative. The Trapdoor is similar to the Funnel-web spider, and is often misidentified as the same (as I did!); females remain in or around their silk-lined burrow & during late Summer & autumn, males wander in search of a mate. Trapdoor spiders use what are known as Ďtrip-wiresí to catch their prey. These trip-wires are strands of silk radiating from the burrow entrance. At night, the spider sits inside the entrance with its legs touching the silken strands. When it feels the vibrations of an insect tripping the wires, the spider pounces on the prey. Despite their name, trapdoor spiders burrows usually donít have a trapdoor.

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Old Oct 12, 2010, 5:52 AM   #2
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looks to be a female, great shots!
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looks to be a female, great shots!
Thanks! How did you sex it?
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Great shots but I think I'll stick to shooting the little house spiders we have around here

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Ugly thing isn't it? Please keep them in Australia! (The spiders, not the pictures. Nice set.)
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Steve .. well said !!! Fab shots.,.. but those things are just ewwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Thanks! How did you sex it?
the much heavier abdomen and a lack of pedipalps (male sex organs) near the fangs
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