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nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,06:00   

Rather than drink to excess and give myself a thumping headache the next day I decided to be healthy and get out into the great outdoors.

Sadly I chose to do this on what was probably the hottest day in Tasmania for 2007 and I got dehydrated and gave myself a thumping headache about 18 hours ahead of the usual schedule.

Anyway it wasn't a total disaster because i came across this. :O

This has to be the largest spider I have ever come across.
It was about 10cm across, maybe slightly more.
(That's a clicky image by the way if you want to see a few more shots on Flickr)

A friend has given me a nudge and I now think this is a fishing spider (Dolomedes) but I'd love to really pin this down.
Is there anyone out there who can help?  :)

   
Darth Robo



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,07:51   

Wot's a clicky image?    ???


I suspect our dear departed Lenny would have an idea.  

Me no likes spiders.  'Orrible lookin' buggers!  Yeeks!

:(

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,08:20   

Quote (Darth Robo @ Jan. 03 2008,08:51)
Wot's a clicky image?    ???

Silly Robot.

Point your little mousy thing at the image and "clicky'.

See?

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Darth Robo



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,09:42   

Could be these useless works comps but um, I noes seez teh image!

???

Me try again when I gets home.   :(

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,10:48   

Nice!  That damn thing looks big enough to saddle.

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Darth Robo



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,15:56   

AHA!  THERE it is!     :)


Eewwww....

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,16:23   

Whar's Peter Parker when ya need 'em, huh? :)

  
Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,16:26   

I only count six eyes.  Is that accurate?

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,16:31   

Lions and spiders and bears, oh my...

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,19:44   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Jan. 03 2008,14:26)
I only count six eyes.  Is that accurate?

Nah, Lou.

She's just winkin' at yeh, she is...

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,19:47   

Quote (Steviepinhead @ Jan. 03 2008,20:44)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Jan. 03 2008,14:26)
I only count six eyes.  Is that accurate?

Nah, Lou.

She's just winkin' at yeh, she is...

I have that effect on weemens of all species.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 03 2008,20:00   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Jan. 03 2008,19:47)
Quote (Steviepinhead @ Jan. 03 2008,20:44)
 
Quote (Lou FCD @ Jan. 03 2008,14:26)
I only count six eyes.  Is that accurate?

Nah, Lou.

She's just winkin' at yeh, she is...

I have that effect on weemens of all species.



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nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 04 2008,05:09   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Jan. 03 2008,08:26)
I only count six eyes.  Is that accurate?

In the process of trying to ID this spider I've learnt a bit about spiders eyes and apparently their arrangement is useful in determining family.

There are eights eyes on this one. They are in two rows with the eyes in the top row being larger. The outer two of the top four however are slightly to the side and are, for some reason (light reflectance?), slightly less obvious than the more central six.

Check out this webpage on spider eyes.
I'm reckoning now this is family Pisauridae and either Dolomedes or Megadolomedes. A couple of good front on images that look very similar to my little lady.

Edit: To more add a  bit english

   
nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 04 2008,05:13   

Quote (Henry J @ Jan. 03 2008,08:31)
Lions and spiders and bears, oh my...

This is Tasmania.
It should be snakes and spiders and ants, oh my... :p

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 04 2008,07:24   

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In the process of trying to ID this I've learnt a bit about spiders eyes and apparently their arrangement is useful in determining family.
 

Yeah, I found that on wiki (but forgot to post linky).  And I thought it had six eyes.   :(


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I have that effect on weemens of all species.


Yeah, right.  Remember with eight eyes they are seeing double, double, double.  Double.  Or sumfin...   ???

Anywayz, it can'ts looks gud!    :p

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