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Mouse Spider

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By Drhoz   |   
Missulena sp. Large mygalomorph spiders native to Australia (and one species in Chile) and considered potentially as dangerous as their relative the Sydney Funnelweb. A whole stack more photos here.

I saw something crossing the road, pulled over, and went back to check what it was. To my delight, it was this lovely specimen, probably a male judging by the red chelicerae and blue abdomen. Look at those lovely gigantic fangs and ferocious threat posture.

I directed traffic around him until I could get him off the road and take some photos. There’s some debate about why they’re called Mouse Spiders. There was a belief they dug deep burrows like mice, or perhaps ate mice, or the fact the females are large enough to resemble mice. The latter makes sense - compare to the less-well-known Australian Cat Spider, St Bernard Spider, and F***ing Ginormous Spiders.
Image size
1800x2107px 2.27 MB
Shutter Speed
1/204 second
Focal Length
3 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 8, 2013, 4:44:54 AM
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Whoa! Sweet!
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Mouse spider ? Typical Australian sense of humour.
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Hi! :eager: This great photo is featured in :iconmacros-of-insects: journal: [link] :bug: Thank you for your submission!
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thank you :)
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holy shit. Crazy big chelicerae
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DrhozHobbyist Traditional Artist
yup :) apparently they specialise in puncturing beetles, but I bet they're just as effective against fingenails and shoes, seeing as Atrax can do the same thing :)
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