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Trapdoor spider nest

Stanwellia grisea


A large black spider is protecting her brood of spiderlings. They use trip lines of silk strands radiating from around the entrance of the burrow to detect prey. The burrow doesn't actually have a trap door, despite the name.


This was found under a small log. Common in suburban gardens around Melbourne


The Melbourne Trapdoor Spider has large fangs and can inflict a deep and painful wound, but the venom is not dangerous.

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Melbourne Trap-door
Stanwellia grisea Melbourne Trap-door

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MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks Atul and Argy Bee
And it looks like we'll have plenty more soon

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

No delsuion there Martin. I remember how shocked I was at the size. They ARE big.

Atul 8 years ago

lovely !

MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you for the ID update Argy Bee. this sounds correct to me. It looked bigger and blacker to me, as spiders tend to do.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

I just reID'd it to "Melbourne Trap-door"

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Good one martin. She looks just like the one I dug up last year. ?

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

great spotting Martin.

ShannaB 8 years ago

Wow Martin, that is just awesome.

MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you Phillip and Leanne.

LeanneGardner 8 years ago


Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 8 years ago


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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 26, 2013
Submitted on Jan 26, 2013

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