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Sydney Funnel Web Found in ARKANSAS!

Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by patrickbull, Jul 2, 2011.

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    Sydney Funnel Web Found in ARKANSAS! (Could be misID'ed Trapdoor)

    I just saw this on a local news website. Now why couldn't I had been the one to find this!

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  2. jsloan

    jsloan Arachnoangel Old Timer

    What a load of BS!

    Yeah, there are probably tons of Sydney Funnel Web spiders lurking around Arkansas swimming pools.
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  3. mitchnast

    mitchnast Arachnobaron Old Timer

    terrible photos. but looks like some type of trapdoor spider, probably native.
  4. Yep jsloan these are the type of myths and misinformation I live with here in Arkansas.

    The pics are indeed horrible. I agree that it could possibly be a black trapdoor. Now why couldn't I had been the one to find this one!!!! Can you say new addition to the collection! lol
  5. *cough*artard*cough*
  6. Chris_Skeleton

    Chris_Skeleton Arachnoprince

    That guy is an idiot. "They're not normally found in Arkansas." Ha. Try never. I can't wait until he takes it to the entomologist and they laugh at him. How do they explain it being here?

    Remember, if you find a spider that has a "reaction" to you of "not backing down", than it most certainly is a Sydney Funnel Web. :wall:

    Oh, and read some of the comments. Especially from Patrick.
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  7. Yes indeed! Patrick is me. I signed up there just so I could comment and tell them that it is obviously not a wolf or house spider. Apparently here any big spider is called a wolf spider regardless of color, body size/shape, and habits. And the guy saying its a house spider, well all I can say is, "face to palm." I don't understand why the news station couldn't have gotten a clear picture of it.

    All I can do is tell them it either is a Sydney Funnel Web or it is actually a Black Trapdoor. I dunno how much more obvious it could be that it isn't a wolf or house spider. Unless they post a clear pic there is no way to tell between those two.

    It could easily be Ummidia audouini or Ummidia carabivora. Both are native Black Trapdoors. I definitely don't trust that guy to be able to tell between those or a Sydney Funnel Web lol.
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  8. Chris_Skeleton

    Chris_Skeleton Arachnoprince

    ^ I'm glad somebody is registered to set them straight. Although I am wondering why you said it is either a trapdoor or a Sydney Funnel Web? How could it even be a Sydney Funnel Web?
  9. do you seriously believe that there is a remote chance that that is a funnel web?
    there is no way.
  10. Eagercannibals

    Eagercannibals Arachnopeon

    While the pictures are not very clear or all that helpful, I don't doubt that there are funnel web spiders roaming around in Arkansas. There were reports of Lion fish in the Long Island Sound. Lion fish are definitely not native to the LIS, much less could they survive that long there, but people do stupid things and release animals into places they shouldn't be. Its very much possible that someone could have released funnel web spiders anywhere in the U.S. Does that mean this person found one? Who knows, we don't have the spider in front of us to identify.
  11. Chris_Skeleton

    Chris_Skeleton Arachnoprince

    One question: How did it get here?

    I would also like to point out that most native MM mygalomorph are all black. So throwing out Sydney Funnel Web as a possibility is ridiculous.
  12. Eagercannibals

    Eagercannibals Arachnopeon

    Sorry but how did what get there? What are you referring to? The spider or the lion fish I mentioned?

    And I agree that it is ridiculous that he threw out that it was a funnel web, out of all spiders that would make more sense to say it is... I feel like he was just hopeful that he found something interesting to talk about. I knew someone who claimed she was bit by a brown recluse, highly unlikely considering her hand was only mildly swollen.
  13. recluse

    recluse Arachnobaron

    Do ya think?
  14. Let me just clear up my statements made on the news site a bit. I was mainly referring to the people calling it a wolf or house spider. If you look at my first statement I told them that the pics obviously look like a funnel web OR trap door and it is OBVIOUSLY not another type of spider.

    My main point was to say that it in no way resembles a wolf or house spider and DOES look much more like a pic of a Sydney Funnel Web or Trap Door.

    If those pics were put here and no location was known I'd think people would say it is either definitely a Trapdoor or Funnel Web, not anything else, and then ask for more details or clearer pics. Basically this is what I was doing.

    I did come back and post another statement, being more clear, saying the specific species it could be.(in fact the dang thing posted 3 times lol). Basically I wanted to make them aware it either IS a Sydney Funnel Web Or one of 2 Native Trapdoor species. From the pics I can tell there is no way it is any other type of spider. Super-pede, I seriously do believe it COULD be a funnel web. Stranger things have happened and in today's world species do end up where they shouldn't be. I have always subscribed to the belief that anything CAN happen.

    Now, however unlikely, it is entirely possible a Sydney Funnel Web could make it over here. Just look at Florida. Species invasion does happen. I see it being POSSIBLE a Sydney Funnel Web COULD make it here, especially with the somewhat recent import of Australian tarantulas. I doubt it tho.

    I will not make my FINAL decision until I see clear pics or video or hear from an entomologist who has examined the specimen. I HAVE decided it IS either a Funnel Web or Trapdoor and no other species though. To me it just simply has to be one of the two from what I'm seeing. I will say after thinking and starring at trapdoor and funnel web pics for a very long time I'm leaning towards trapdoor, but the pics are just too fuzzy.
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  15. Bazzgazm

    Bazzgazm Arachnoknight

    looking at the pictures of the local trap doors and sydney funnel web.. an untrained eye and fear mongering news caster could easily make the mis-identification..

    next thing you know you'll hear someone died from a bite because of a mark on their arm.
  16. tom

    tom Arachnosquire Old Timer


    I would say it is a trapdoor spider but definitely not Atrax or Hexethelidae! Photo is too blurry but does not seem possible that it would be found there in Arkansas.or anywhere else unless deliberately released.
  17. Mycole68

    Mycole68 Arachnopeon

  18. marclar

    marclar Arachnoknight

    Does anyone have an update on this ? , I find it very intresting, would be strange if it was.
  19. it's also not probable that this a funnel web because a sydney funnel web spider can kill a man in ten seconds, just by staring at him.
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