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.
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