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Atypus affinis The only 'bird spider' member in the Netherlands and not so scary is it seems, this one measures only 12 mm. look at his fangs ! Atypus affinis,Geotagged,Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Atypus affinis

The only 'bird spider' member in the Netherlands and not so scary is it seems, this one measures only 12 mm. look at his fangs !

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  1. Awesome! They dig vertical burrows that are up to 90 cm deep! Posted one month ago
    1. Yes, had never heard of this one so did some reading. Really strange web strategy. Also, they never come out except for mating.

      Nice one, Paul!
      Posted one month ago
      1. And, they mate for hours. Posted one month ago
        1. Looks like they're outside quite a lot then :) Posted one month ago
        2. do I smell some jealousy Christine, lol.
          Posted one month ago
          1. Hahaha, Paul! Posted one month ago
      2. Thnx again Ferdy, at Breeveen in Leersum I found 3 males on one dag. Posted one month ago
  2. Great shot Paul - one can see the vertical orientation of the chelicerae here nicely, and what an impressive pair they are. This spider is in the same infraorder as our famous funnel webs here in Australia. Not as medically significant I would imagine though. An awesome sighting! Posted one month ago
    1. I guess you're right Ruth, they all are so-called 'bird spiders'
      I sure would like to take a shot at the famous funnel webs
      Posted one month ago

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The purseweb spider is a common mygalomorph spider from Europe.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Paul Dirksen
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By Paul Dirksen

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Uploaded Apr 5, 2020. Captured in Unnamed Road, 3956 Leersum, Netherlands.