Brown Trapdoor Spider
Size: Male body 20 mm, female body 35 mm.
Habitat: Despite their name, the Brown Trapdoor Spider lives in an open hole in the ground with no trap door at the top. Also they usually look more black than brown.
There are a lot of these where I live, there would be over 20 holes in my garden. Even with that many holes, I've only ever seen a spider three or four times over many years. They look a lot like funnel web spiders, but not as black (but still enough to call them black rather than brown), and not as "built", like a funnel web that's spent less time in the gym.
Note that dead spiders usually fade in colour, so nearly all the spiders will look blacker or darker in colour in real life than they do in the photos of dead spiders from the museum.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3476 x 2440.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 4148 x 2724.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 2324 x 2023.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3984 x 2588.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 1182 x 883.
Photo: Lower Blue Mountains, NSW. High Resolution 2374 x 1860.
Photo: Lower Blue Mountains, NSW. High Resolution 2465 x 1706.
Left to Right: Southern Tree Funnel Web, Sydney Funnel Web male (L), female (R), Brown Trapdoor male (L), female (R), Eastern Mouse Spider male (L), female (R). Photo taken at the Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3460 x 788.
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