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Trap Door Spider

Misgolas Rapax


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  • Often confused with the Funnel Web spiders the brown trapdoor can be distinguished by its chocolate brown coloration, less robust body and the presence of distinct boxing glove-shaped palps in the males (these are the appendages at the front of the head between the first pair of legs).
  • The body and legs are covered in tiny hairs
  • The female is around 35mm in length, while the male is usually around 20mm and of a slimmer body


  • Male trapdoor spiders leave their burrows in search of a mate during humid weather. The male dies shortly after mating with the female
  • The eggs are kept in a cocoon
  • After hatching the spiderlings stay in the burrow for some time and eventually emerge to disperse and fend for themselves


  • Trapdoor spiders dig a burrow in the ground that is lined with silk, though, despite their common name, this species does not construct a lid. They use these burrows to raise their young and for protection. Burrows may reach 250mm in depth and around 25mm in width. Some of the trapdoor spiders dig simple, tube-like burrows, while others excavate additional side tunnels for extra hiding places.
  • Trapdoor spiders eat a variety of insects and other arthropods. The spider waits inside the burrow
  • Bites are not fatal to humans, but local pain and swelling may occur

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