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#27941 12-Nov-2008 00:10
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Hey

Found this in my bath tonight, it's huge, a bit bigger than a 50c piece of old...  The pic is a bit blurry but it's basically brown/red on the body with two white rings around the front legs and some pretty massive silk spinners on the rear end.

I quickly searched Te Papa and found a similar description for a Tunnel web spider, although it doesn't mention the white rings. 

Any takers?


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  #177479 12-Nov-2008 06:09
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Its harmless, just a wood spider I think.

I know an entemologist and will pass the photo on to him and get back to you.

Here be the ones to avoid http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/0/a4e65bc46e3e9c38cc256d750010f8fb?OpenDocument

 
 
 

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  #177492 12-Nov-2008 08:47
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The nature science guy in my team reckons Tunnel Web.  Although he is a herpetologist (yes, we laugh) and not an arachnologist, he's pretty sure.




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  #177495 12-Nov-2008 08:53
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lugh: The nature science guy in my team reckons Tunnel Web.  Although he is a herpetologist (yes, we laugh) and not an arachnologist, he's pretty sure.


My guy agrees, look here http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biosystematics/invertebrates/invertid/bug_details.asp?Bu_Id=48



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  #177522 12-Nov-2008 10:58
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Thanks all. Still, ew!

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  #177523 12-Nov-2008 10:59
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Nice dipped in Chocolate

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  #177534 12-Nov-2008 12:16
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Just glad that was your bath not mine!!! Eww







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