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Poonjab

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Probably shouldn’t be holding spiders you’re not sure of.
 
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Ferrachi

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If that is indeed an Atrax robust and if it actually decides to inject you with venom, then at least you won't have to worry about catching COVID anymore... ;)
 

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First of all, thats not a funnelweb but a curtain web. Im unsure of species but if its a Macrothele of some sp. then what you're holding could have you in a casket with a single bite. Secondly, not sure why you thought of handling it if you thought it was a funnelweb either
 

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I own a few Macrothele sp and there's certainly a resemblance to Macrothele calpeiana. However the chelicerae look too small although that could be just the angle. I would however be very surprised they'd allow themselves to be handled.

He's 1 of my Macrothele calpeiana.
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But as above, it's EXTREMELY STUPID to handle a spider that you haven't correctly identified.
 

Richard123

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I own a few Macrothele sp and there's certainly a resemblance to Macrothele calpeiana. However the chelicerae look too small although that could be just the angle. I would however be very surprised they'd allow themselves to be handled.

He's 1 of my Macrothele calpeiana.
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But as above, it's EXTREMELY STUPID to handle a spider that you haven't correctly identified.
Yeah, I am pretty sure it's a calpeiana, those are harmless tho...

Btw, how big is yours?
 

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Yeah, I am pretty sure it's a calpeiana, those are harmless tho...

Btw, how big is yours?
Harmless? They're Macrothele. Whilst not up there with M.gigas you'd not be feeling too good after a bite. My 2 are extremely defensive.

Not sure the actual size of mine. They aren't a large species though. Here's 1 taking on a big morioworm. Moulted since this.

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When you compare her with my Macrothele gigas who still has a fair bit of growing to do you can see.

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Richard123

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Harmless? They're Macrothele. Whilst not up there with M.gigas you'd not be feeling too good after a bite. My 2 are extremely defensive.

Not sure the actual size of mine. They aren't a large species though. Here's 1 taking on a big morioworm. Moulted since this.

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When you compare her with my Macrothele gigas who still has a fair bit of growing to do you can see.

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Those two are beauties, you have a m gigas? that's fking awesome!!!
 

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@basin79 Looking at those excellent pictures and the anatomy is fascinating. The setae on the chelicera, the development, and the apparent evolvement of the mechanism, and coupling all that to those videos of pray capture, it reminded me of a video of a fork life operator in heavy rain in very dim light trying to precision manipulate a large bulky load into position. Made me think of the animals evolution slowly tipping the scales in it's favor.
 

basin79

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@basin79 Looking at those excellent pictures and the anatomy is fascinating. The setae on the chelicera, the development, and the apparent evolvement of the mechanism, and coupling all that to those videos of pray capture, it reminded me of a video of a fork life operator in heavy rain in very dim light trying to precision manipulate a large bulky load into position. Made me think of the animals evolution slowly tipping the scales in it's favor.
Small prey or prey that doesn't or can't put up a fight is quickly picked up and carried off. Morioworms though are strong and get tangled up in the webbing so they get bitten multiple times.

It's been a week since my M.gigas moulted. Fingers crossed by this time next week she'll be out and about looking for prey.
 
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