@MoranDisciple that's because it's not a T. She's a Wishbone spider, and I guess you could call them a trapdoor of sorts. They are the rarest group of primitive spiders in Australia, but there are a few nice looking ones overseas as well. Literally all I know about this one is the genus, Aname. The seller wasn't keen on revealing the locale so I have no clue where he got it from, closest thing on google I've found is Aname sp. ES2 from a survey trip in South Australia, but I don't think that's it. I've been nicknaming them "sp. Resonant Gold" from the way light travels and reflects across its abdomen and carapace
That's a cracker man, more than likely a still undescribed species, I will have a look through a whole heap of literature I recently received from another member from the arachnological society.
Not far from us was an area with a similar metallic colour wishbone, but what land that wasn't developed for houses now gets arial sprayed for mosquitoes, where there was hundreds of burrows 10 years ago there is now none left anywhere.
Looks similar to some recent finds in WA, but then again looks don't mean much with undescribed species.
Keep hassling the seller for another one lol
@Rhino1 that's a real shame about industrial development, Ive seen the exact same thing happen where I am locally with Arbanitis. Hopefully there's a handful left somewhere.
ID'ing these doesn't get any easier when Aname Atra has golden males and jet black females. It seems gold is quite common on most males across Nemessidae (take Ixamatus Webbae for example) but metallic shine on females is pretty rare, especially across 100% of the spider like this girl. I've seen a handful of photos of various species with a metallic silver carapace, but this girl is the first Ive ever seen to posess shine on more than just her head
To be 100% certain, I guess you would need to microscope and have to preserve the specimen and that would be a damn shame, the pluses are they are generally long lived, so theres time to find a mate and there's always the possibility of parthenogenesis (don't start lol).
Some of our local wishbones can't be found online or in any literature I can get hold of, csiro has some damn good study results on traps with tonnes of pics, that can be bought (but not cheap) and a lot of those pictures seem to be in the new field guide anyways.
I'll have to read up on some of newer arachnid study guides soon. Next time the seller puts an ad up, I'll ask if he can grab me a male to pair mine with and then I'd send it off to the Aus Museum. They can only ID primitives with males which is unfortunate because their short lifespan makes getting live ones a pain. It'd be a real shame if I'm one of the only people who gets a chance to keep these