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Overview

Huntsman Spiders

The Wolf Spider

The Voracious Water Spider

Orb Web Builders

A Fascinating Sight

Riddle of the St. Andrew's Cross

The Tailed Spider

The Amazing Stick Spider

The Death's Head Spider

Queen of Spinners

The Hairy Imperial Spider

The Beautiful Spiny-Bellied Spider

The Crab Spider

The Jumping Spider

The Flying Spider

Bird-Catching Spiders

A Spider that Barks?

Trap-Door Spiders

The Mouse Spider

The Brown Trap-Door Spider

The Funnel-Web Spider

The Venomous Red-Back Spider

Deadliest of Creatures

       

 

The Brown Trap-Door Spider

Another common species is the brown trap-door spider, Arbanitis fuscipes, extremely plentiful around Sydney, but with a generally wide Australian distribution. ' This spider shows a marked preference for open spaces of hard, clayey soil in which to excavate its lid-less burrow, which is almost always un­lined. In rare cases, it may have a brief draping of silken tapestry within the first inch or two of the shaft. The rather slender, stream-lined female is brown in color with a faint pattern of paler hue along the centre of the abdomen; the more lightly built male is similar in form and color, but may be readily distinguished by the form of the palps, which are so greatly swollen at their extremities that he would appear to be wearing boxing-gloves. In spite of its numbers and wide distribution, this spider is retiring in its habits; and this probably accounts for the fact that only one case of bite has come under my notice—that of an elderly woman who was bitten on the finger while gardening. She suffered from shock, but no other harmful effects were experienced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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