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Re: Spider ID needed

Unread postby BushKrazy » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:23 am

]Hi All

I wonder if anyone can ID this guy I spotted on the road outside Croc Bridge:[img]

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Re: Spider ID needed

Unread postby annapangolin » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:06 pm

I don't think he looks so much like a Lesser Baboon spider :hmz: He looks like one of the Spurred Trapdoor Spiders (family idiopidae). The size fits as these can get very big.

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Re: Spider ID needed

Unread postby Jon Richfield » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:41 pm

BushKrazy wrote:Thanks Moose. Looking up images of the spider it looks very likely it could be a spurred tunnel spider. The abdomen looks slightly smaller in my sighting but Im sure this good be for a number of reasons. Thanks again for the reply.

Well, one reason for the smaller abdomen could be that it is a male. particularly a young male that has recently sloughed its skin for the last time and not yet had a meal. That could have something to do with what it was doing, wandering around. Maybe it needs to establish new digs. (Just guessing!)

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