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Black Armoured Trapdoor Spider by melvynyeo Black Armoured Trapdoor Spider by melvynyeo
A close up.

View other pic here [link]

BBC video on this spider

The Malaysian Trapdoor Spider is a primitive burrowing species native to, as the name would suggest, the tropical rainforests of Malaysia. It has a unique hunting method from which comes the name "Trapdoor Spider."
One of many species of Trapdoor Spiders, the Malaysian Trapdoor Spider is unique in that it still retains the primitive segmented abdomen. They hunt by forming a trapdoor to their burrow and waiting until prey approaches. The Malaysian Trapdoor Spider traditionally builds its nest on the slope of a hill. It coats the walls of the burrow with a mixture of soil and saliva, which keeps water out. Then the walls are lined with silk, covering everything, including the entrance hole. A circular door is then cut through the silk, with one part left attached as a hinge. The Malaysian Trapdoor Spider feeds on insects and small vertebrates that approach its burrow. It lies in wait, either behind the closed door or with its legs extended outside the door. Hairs on its legs feel the vibrations from approaching prey. It then quickly attacks, drawing the prey inside its burrow to be eaten. Trapdoor Spiders are solitary animals, social only when mating. The male enters the burrow of a female that has accepted him. They mate inside, the male leaves (and usually dies after mating), and the female hangs the egg sac on a wall. After several weeks, the egg sac hatches. Several weeks later, the young leave to build their own burrows. Female Trapdoor Spiders can live for twelve years or more, though they usually live 1 to 2 years on average.
The Malaysian Trapdoor Spider is larger then many other Trapdoor Spiders, reaching 4.5 inches in diameter on average. As mentioned above, it is one of the most primitive spiders in that it retains the segmented abdomen.

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SilverMetalInu44 Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just realized that spider has 10 legs... :wow:
nimbusstar Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O oh deer lord 
KianaMatteo Apr 13, 2013  Student Artist
ew ew ew ew ew why am i here?? lol but srsly that looks cool xDD
KianaMatteo Apr 15, 2013  Student Artist
yw :D
MadEyeJude Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you really were lucky to get those shots!
Yes! We had a hard time luring it out :)
He's massive :(
yes... possibly the biggest trapdoor spider!
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