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Golden wishbone spider (Aname sp.3/Proshermacha sp. 2)
Golden wishbone spiders are fast and angry!
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These beautiful representatives of the Wishbone spider family (Anamidae) come from the Mt. Lofty ranges in SA. These are particularly defensive and quick even for wishbone spiders, they are probably the most defensive species we have come across. The entire body is covered in metallic (scintillating) hairs and there are some faint spots on the abdomen, the abdomen can also look blue-purple when viewed from behind. Proshermacha have extremely unusual and strange burrow structures, from the entrance the shaft extends about 8cm into the ground, then sharply turns, carrie son for another 5cm or so horizontally and then terminates in a very large, circular and spacious living chamber. The burrows are therefore extremely short, we’re not sure how they cope on hot summer days. This species is medium-sized, reaching 75mm Diagonal Leg Span and 40mm body length. We find this species to be amazing feeders, they often sit near the entrance even in the day and if a cricket is held with tweezers on the edge of the burrow (which should have a decent amount of silk around) and starts struggling the spider will surface and brutally attack the cricket. The fangs are extremely powerful, even though the venom is somewhat weak, the fangs themselves will turn the cricket into pulp in a matter of seconds.
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