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Melbourne trapdoor spider (m)

Stanwellia grisea


Medium-large male.. about 60mm overall.


Exploring urban back yard near midnight (probably for females).


"Due to its size, colour and large fangs, these spiders are often thought to be Sydney funnel-web spiders. The Melbourne trap-door spider is a common ground-dwelling spider often encountered by the weekend gardener when digging soil or moving rocks. Both males and females dig silk-lined burrows up to 40 cm deep in soft earth. " - Victoria Museum
A female with larger abdomen can be seen here

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Thanks Larry. ;)

LarryGraziano 2 years ago

Lovely spotting Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jun 18, 2017
Submitted on Sep 16, 2017

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