After finishing the nightshift and running errands into the afternoon, I had enough time for a short jaunt through local bushland followed by a coffee, with some new found friends, prior to picking my youngest up from school.
A trio of A. robustus mygs. Approx. 8mm, 15mm, and 20mm body length.
Last night I noticed something really odd. This A Robustus sling seems to have dropped a leg and is in the process of growing a new one?! The white dots in between her chelicerae, on her carapace and abdomen are also very alarming. I managed to dust one off and it moves! Mites or spring tails?
Had this girl for months and she not even attempted to use the starter burrow let alone make her own, or even build a funnel. She's just webbed a bit behind some bark. Rehouse time has revealed her trickery
This literally the name of my A.Robustus. For the amount I mention these I only have 1 poor quality photo, so here is one of my 2 juvies. The males have an extremely high rate of envenomation with their bites, and 2 vials of antivenom are needed every 15 minutes depending on the symptoms
One of only 2-3 species in Australia that has caused human deaths. the Atraxotoxin is 6x more concentrated in the venom of male specimens. Bites from all funnelweb species are treated with the antivenom of A.Robustus.