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Spider Photos - Funnel Web Spiders

Here's some photos of  Funnel Web Spiders, an Australian Myglamporh, sent in by viewers. Many thanks for allowing us to use the photos sent in. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section:
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The Sydney Funnel-web Spider is believed to be limited to an area of about 160 kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other species of Funnel-Web Spider are found in Eastern Australia, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. They are probably one of  the most venomous aggressive spider in the world, all funnel web species should be treated as dangerous to humans, not just the Sydney or Northern tree dweller. However, species so far proven dangerous to humans have a more limited range, largely limited to eastern parts of NSW and SE Queensland. The only proven killer, the Sydney funnel web spider, is restricted to the Sydney region and adjacent areas to the north and south of the city, including Gosford. If they bite you, it is usually a pretty deep injection but even a small grazing bite means get to hospital immediately.

31 December, 2015:
Found this in Manly. Looks nasty. Thanks Jeremy

31 December, 2015:
Good morning, Can you please help me to identify the species of spider seen here in this photo. I found this spider in the forest at Buderim, Queensland, Australia. He was hanging by one leg in a web only just off the ground but I believe he is a ground dweller rather than a web spider. I think he may have been playing dead in another spiderís web to catch prey or taken by a larger spider to the web and he was stuck. He was only approx. 1cm in length but what I find fascinating is the heart shaped hole in his upper back. If you could assist, that would be great. My guess is some type of funnel web. Thanks Leah

Reply: All the photos I researched on funnel web spider burrows look pretty identical to your photo and even the legs at the opening like that match.  Probably a good idea to check the area for funnel web holes when you are camping and stay away from them as they wander at night looking for food and can easily wander into your campsite. Funnel webs are not restricted to the Sydney area, there are several species around the east coast, we even have one here in Brisbane but I've never seen one. - glen

11 March, 2012:
Dear Glen, congratulations on having a very cool website! The photos below were taken at a rural area named Mount Fairy near Bungendore NSW Australia, where we camp several times a year on my sonís grassy/woodland property. The first was taken about 4 november 2014 just as we were packing up to come home. The sun was shining on the silk-closed opening. The second photo was taken around Christmas Day 2014. This spider sits at the edge of its burrow, well after dark, and retreats quickly at any disturbance (other than food). Hence difficult to photograph. It was not active at all through the day and could not be seen in its deep burrow. Third photo is of the burrow in daylight. I canít say with any certainty that the two burrows belong to the same spider (or even species), but they were near the same gum tree and both facing east. Any info greatly appreciated, and if the photos are useful, please use any way you wish.
Regards, Irene, Kurri Kurri NSW

Reply: I think they might be funnel web spiders - glen

11 March, 2012:
We live in Forster on the mid north coast of Australia. They were in the bottom of our pool and have been inside our home - They are very waxy -like, not many hairs? Thanking you advance

3 March, 2010:
Hi Glen, Here are the 3 photos of the female Sydney Funnel Web I mentioned in my previous email to you. She comes from the Central Coast of NSW, near Erina, and is a fine specimen of the species. Hope you can use them. Regards and thanks for the previous referrals. Some have been good, some have been flops. Col Halliday

2 December, 2007:
Attached is a photo of a Funnel Web spider I found in my shed here in Yeppoon QLD (Just North of Rockhampton). This is not the first time, it just so happens I had a camera this time. I first saw them here around 4 years ago. Speaking with my old neighbour about it he said that they get transported in freight trains etc and are not unusual to be found almost anywhere now. The photos I donate to you for your research sir. Kind regards, Michael.

2 March, 2007:
Hi Glen, Unlike the previous two spiders, this one is a Funnel Web, Hadronyche Versutus, the Blue Mountains Funnel Web. She came from the Hill End area in New South Wales. Hill End is a little way from Bathurst. Regards, Col Halliday


31 July, 2006:
Hi Glen,
Thought I would send you a couple more photos of the Sydney Funnel Web. This is one of the females I am keeping. I have her housed in a container that is 20cm x 14cm and deep enough for her not to be able to get out. I keep them on a substrate of peat moss and put in pieces of rounded bark to allow them to make a home as natural as they do in the wild. This female is approximately 3.5cm in length and, as funnel webs go, is not as aggressive as some of them can get. She spends her days inside the bark hollow and comes out when darkness has fallen. I feed them crickets by leaving the insect in the container and allowing the spiders to hunt them during the night. Trust you like them for your website,  Regards, Col Halliday



20 May, 2006:
Hi Glen, I came across your site last night whilst looking for information on the Sydney Funnel Web (Atrax Robustus) and the Brown Trapdoor Spider that lives in the Sydney area. Some of the photos you have a really great and I thought you might like to have a look at some macro shots I have taken of a female Sydney A. Robustus. They were done under flash and show the colours of the spider underneath and in the leg joints as well as the extent of the hairs they have on their bodies which are not as noticeable without the flash. I have prints of these on A4 and they are truly awesome. My next step is to try and get some photos in the natural light as a contrast as well as some photos of a Trapdoor Spider. If you would be interested, let me know and I can email them through to you when I can get them done. Maybe you would like to include them on you site. Note the venom on the fangs in Picture 032. Hope you enjoy the as much as my work colleagues did and they are of course subject to your normal copyright conditions. Regards, Col Halliday

Reply: Tracy-- BE CAREFUL!!!!! That is a certainly a mygalomorph spider, possibly one of the funnel webs related to the Sydney funnel web! I will refer  this image to an Australian fellow I'm acquainted with, who knows your native  spiders much better than I do. Please operate under the assumption that it  has a VERY serious bite.  Nathan Hepworth

12 September, 2004:
Hi Glen,
i just found two of these spiders in my garden, can you tell me what it is, and if you know of a place in Adelaide, that will take them from me...