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Devon Tarantula : Atypus affinus

Observed: 29th September 2013 By: mattprince1969mattprince1969’s reputation in Invertebratesmattprince1969’s reputation in Invertebratesmattprince1969’s reputation in Invertebratesmattprince1969’s reputation in Invertebrates
2013-09-29 13.16.59-1
Description:

Chunky dark spider with orthogonal jaws moving steadily along a tarmac path. Dartmoor

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Alan Thornhill's picture

Is this the male? I think so

Is this the male? I think so because it seems to have a hardened area on the abdomen. Sept / Oct is the peak period during which males look for females (apparently).

mattprince1969's picture

Yes a male

Yes a male Alan, it had modified palps, but they weren't exactly obvious, and none of my pictures show them.

Despite having a good butchers with a x10 I'd missed the scutum!

Thanks for pointing that out.

What impressed me most, (apart from a brief threat display) was that this was a male, and, as he was a stout little fellow, the female must be a very impressive beast.

Alan Thornhill's picture

Agreed,

they are impressive. I've only seen one, back in May, and that was impressive even though it may have been a young one. I've been back to look for males recently, without success.