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Brush-footed trapdoor

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Species:
Idiommata iridescens (RM)
or a closely related species
Previous species name:
Lampropodus iridescens
Family:
Barychelidae
Body length:
female: 33 mm
male: 24 mm
Habitat:
The females live remain a burrow in the ground but adult males wander above ground during the warmer months
Toxicity:
May be significantly toxic to humans
Idiommata iridescens
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A damaged male
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The male
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Closed burrow
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Open burrow

The body of this species is a reasonably uniform dark colour and the claw tufts and iridescent tarsal brushes on the legs are distinctive. Not too much is known of its natural history, but the burrow is said to be fitted with an inwards opening door.

The males of this species should be treated this as potentially dangerous since the few tests that have been done on the venom of this species suggest it may have a toxicity similar to that of funnel-web and mouse spiders.

Spider(s) with a similar appearance: Euoplos species, Aname species, Hadronyche infensa, Namea salanitri, and Paraembolides boycei.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 11 October 2010.