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Captured: Feb 14, 2010
Uploaded: May 6, 2013 (UTC)
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merops
By merops (11 months ago)

AVRU says they live *everywhere* (in Oz, anyway):
http://www.avru.org/general/distrib_trapdoor.html

I was trying to find out the world distribution:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/Distribution.ctenizidae.1.png
None here in northern Europe, but I've been places where they are - just never seen them

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RuthC
By RuthC (11 months ago)

Since I wrote that last night, I've found out that they are widely distributed throughout Australia. You just don't see them very often, as many of them are nocturnal, or have their doors closed when we trudge past with our big feet.

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RuthC
By RuthC (11 months ago)

Open for business! I think this trapdoor was hinged at about 2 o'clock. I don't know my spiders well enough to identify the species, and I had always understood that trapdoor spiders didn't live as far south as Victoria. Seems the books were wrong. The underneath of the door, and around the top sides of the burrow, there was some fine spider webbing, but I believe that is the extent of their web-building.

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