- Apr 28, 2020
Yeah, I am pretty sure it's a calpeiana, those are harmless tho...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.
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.Yeah, I am pretty sure it's a calpeiana, those are harmless tho...
Btw, how big is yours?
Those two are beauties, you have a m gigas? that's fking awesome!!!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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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.@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.