Monday, December 10, 2012 9:56:08 PM
Nonetheless, the best time to see these spiders is at night. It is extremely rare to see them out of their tunnels. Nonetheless, I managed it with this large beauty. This is the NZ Hexathelid Hexatheles hochstetteri - one of the very first species from NZ to be described.
This Mygalomorph spider is unusual for having 6 spinnerets rather than 4. They are some of New Zealand's largest (by weight) spiders.
#2 Closeup- the small eyes are clustered at the front edge of the carapace
#3 Adapted to kill- the spines on the front legs help trap the prey long enough for the fangs to strike
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