Out of area ID -Spider [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Out of area ID -Spider [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Hawkins, Brian" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:25:12 +0000

G’day Denise,


Here’s the verdict of a spider expert from the QLD museum:


‘It is a Tube (trapdoor) spider, presently in the genus Misgolas (probably a named species but I’d need the animal for that), but soon will be placed in another genus. It is not dangerous, no relation to a funnelweb.’


Best regards,




From: Denise Kay
Sent: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:28 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Out of area ID -Spider


Good morning 


Can I please beg the indulgence of the group in ID’ing this quite sizeable spider I discovered in my garden this morning. Probably about 2-2.5 cm head to tail. 


I suspect a Funnell web but I have never encountered one in Canberra before .


The photo on the right is a tunnel/funnell  type web that I pulled out of a tree fern exposing the spider.That was a shock !! 





Can anyone help…please




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