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My husband found this spider in our pool. We thought it was a Sydney Funnel Web (Atrax robustus) so we donated it to the Australian Reptile Park anti-venom program; however, I think it looks too furry to be a Sydney funnel web. Are there any spider experts out there who can tell us if we were right or if the staff at the reptile park were rolling their eyes at us? : )


ShannaB 9 years ago

Thanks Stephen. I guess it is Australothele jamiesoni or Namirea planipes but the only range maps I can find don't look particularly comprehensive and both species only appear in SE Qld.

StephenSolomons 9 years ago

That will teach me to be a smarty, it has a name Open Forest Curtain Web Spider It is still a Mygalomorph. I wasn't able to find a range to make sure

FinSantos 10 years ago

That is so cool!! Great having this specie saved. Nice!

ShannaB 10 years ago

We rescue just about everything. (Foreign cockroaches are an exception!!) : )

KarenL 10 years ago

I'm so pleased you rescued the little guy! My neighbors think I am off my rocker for doing a 70 mile round trip on Saturday night to get help for an injured snake - I can't wait to tell them that one of my PN friends did the same for a potentially venomous spider! :)

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Hairy scary. Thank goodness you guys found this, before it found you Shanna.

ShannaB 10 years ago

I'm going through the archives... : )

ShannaB 10 years ago

We were living in Sydney when we found it.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

"... Its full range extends much further, into Queensland and Victoria...."

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Dec 8, 2007
Submitted on Apr 23, 2012

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