New capture: Bigass tegenaria!

schlinkey

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Found her on my wall, pretty sure she indeed is a she, 'cous she's BIG and the palpal bulbs are, well they aint! and more; gave her an almost grown up cricket (cut of it's head first) just to see what would "happen". She jumped it! fought like mad she did! could hear a very clear "crunching" sound as she drove her fangs in :} It was of course very "live" and kickin! awesome spider this one! anyone know which it could be? I live in norway, dunno if T. Gigantea are found here so... size is about 2,5"

ps: wish we had your huge wolf spiders here.. heard they get about 4"?

Edit: hmm like most of the tegeneria spiders i've found this one lacks a leg.. any idea of moltrates for these bugs (adults)? And I do believe it is a t.gigantea :) it looks just like the one here:
http://www.loven.plus.com/nicksspiders/tegenariagigantia.htm
 
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Henry Kane

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Very cool Schlinkey! She's a good feeder too, that's a plus too. I wish I could help you with an id but I sure can't. Alex will likely be along shortly and clear all this up for you. ;)
BTW, thanks for the link. Do yo know the webmaster Nick? He's got a cool site.

Atrax
 

schlinkey

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nope dont know him, just made a search for tegenaria on altavista ;) pretty sure it's a t.gigantea though, since the t.domestica is a bit smaller. and it certainly isnt a hobo-spider. have you kept such spiders? as i said; im a bit curious on the moltrates on adult specimens, plus, i've never seen a true spider molt :)
 

Theraphosa

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I know those spiders...... I used to catch them all the time.. this is before I didn't have any tarantulas.. They are a good fighting spiders.. I used to put them together and let them have a death match... :)
 

schlinkey

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Originally posted by Theraposa
I know those spiders...... I used to catch them all the time.. this is before I didn't have any tarantulas.. They are a good fighting spiders.. I used to put them together and let them have a death match... :)
yeah, she put a neat end to that thrashing cricket alright :D

on a side note; i might have witnessed a breeding with this sp. put two together (i've caught several) in an attempt to feed one of em (now that i think of it, i wanted to feed the male) and they clashed together doing the act (much like T's) then the female started chasing him, then ended up eating him.. :?

not sure if it really was a breeding though, a couple of weeks after my littlebrother let her loose in the garden :mad:
 

Alex S.

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Tegeneria gigantea

You do most likely have T. gigantea as there are really no other Tegeneria that will get over 2.5".

Alex S.

P.S. Thanks for the plug, Gary :)
 

schlinkey

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the link i gave gives some good pics of the spider i caught :) more dull brownish i think.. (t.gigantea)
 
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