The Study of Spiders
Photo Gallery: Australian Trap-door Spiders
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Australian Trap-door Spiders
The hole of a trap-door spider (Family Idiopidae, genus Anidiops) in a eucalyptus woodland north of Geraldton. Trap-door spiders ambush their prey. The spider constructs a silk-lined burrow with a hinged lid. Invisible silk threads extending outwards from the burrow allow the spider to detect passing prey. When it senses that its prey is within striking distance, the hunter bursts out of the burrow to nab its next meal.
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