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Sydney Funnel Web Spider Female, body length 45 mm. Dark, glossy brown/plum/black colouration. The body position seen here in this female is not aggression but defence. When operating at such heightened levels, she has her defences fully primed and ready to go...that is indeed venom seeping from those incredible fangs. She kept this stance for a minute or so, then went about investigating quite calmly. Seen in shrub with leaf litter and rock spread. Photographed in container setting, then released to original location. Distribution is centred on Sydney, extending north to me here in Newcastle, south to the Illawarra region, and west to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.  Arachnid,Araneae,Atrax robustus,Australia,Invertebrate,Mygalomorphae,Spider,Sydney Funnel Web,Sydney funnel-web spider,arthropod,macro,venomous Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Sydney Funnel Web Spider

Female, body length 45 mm. Dark, glossy brown/plum/black colouration. The body position seen here in this female is not aggression but defence. When operating at such heightened levels, she has her defences fully primed and ready to go...that is indeed venom seeping from those incredible fangs. She kept this stance for a minute or so, then went about investigating quite calmly. Seen in shrub with leaf litter and rock spread. Photographed in container setting, then released to original location. Distribution is centred on Sydney, extending north to me here in Newcastle, south to the Illawarra region, and west to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

    comments (4)

  1. Fantastic shot and information. She’s gorgeous :) Posted 2 years ago
  2. First species on the platform of this family:
    https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/animalia/arthropoda/arachnida/araneae
    Posted 2 years ago
  3. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "The Sydney Funnel Web Spider (Atrax robustus) is a legendary spider that lives in Australia. As one of the world's deadliest spiders, this photo may inspire feelings of fear. But, we encourage you to view this gorgeous spider with respect and fascination rather than fear. Consider their inherent beauty, intriguing lifestyles, incredible diversity, and complex behaviors, and you will quickly find that spiders, even venomous ones, have their place in nature and deserve awe and respect.

    Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are mostly sedentary, remaining in their burrows. But, they will wander (especially the males) in search of a mate. They are nocturnal and are very sensitive to sunlight. So, if a male doesn't find a mate during the night, he will seek the closest shelter to wait out the daylight hours - and, that includes hiding in people's houses and shoes. They are not actively trying to ambush anyone, rather they are just seeking a safe place to rest. When threatened or frightened, they will assume a defensive posture by rearing up on their hind legs and displaying their fangs. They defend themselves by biting repeatedly and injecting venom. Unfortunately, if the victim is a human, death can occur within 15 minutes. But, thankfully, scientists have developed antivenom, and there have not been any deaths from the bite of this species since 1981.

    When encountering potentially dangerous spiders, it's best to not handle them, to give them their space, and to safely return them to their natural habitat. Remember, they are not out to get you, but are just trying to stay safe and live their lives as an intrinsically valuable part of nature. {Spotted in Australia by JungleDragon user, Ruth Spigelman} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 2 years ago
  4. Super shot Ruth.
    It's amazing that primates are vulnerable to their venom where cats and dogs aren't bothered.
    Evolution works in weird ways.
    Posted 2 years ago

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The Sydney funnel-web spider is a species of venomous mygalomorph spider native to eastern Australia, usually found within a 100 km radius of Sydney. It is a member of a group of spiders known as Australian funnel-web spiders. Its bite is capable of causing serious injury or death in humans if left untreated.

The Sydney funnel-web is medium to large in size, with body length ranging from 1 to 5 cm . Both sexes are glossy and darkly colored, ranging from blue-black, to black, to brown.. more

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jun 4, 2018. Captured Jan 15, 2018 10:03.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/83s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm