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Mouse Spider by Drhoz Mouse Spider by Drhoz
Missulena sp. Large mygalomorph spiders native to Australia (and one species in Chile) and considered potentially as dangerous as their relative the Sydney Funnelweb. A whole stack more photos here.

I saw something crossing the road, pulled over, and went back to check what it was. To my delight, it was this lovely specimen, probably a male judging by the red chelicerae and blue abdomen. Look at those lovely gigantic fangs and ferocious threat posture.

I directed traffic around him until I could get him off the road and take some photos. There’s some debate about why they’re called Mouse Spiders. There was a belief they dug deep burrows like mice, or perhaps ate mice, or the fact the females are large enough to resemble mice. The latter makes sense - compare to the less-well-known Australian Cat Spider, St Bernard Spider, and F***ing Ginormous Spiders.
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death-tribble Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Mouse spider ? Typical Australian sense of humour.
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Magic-diamond Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! :eager: This great photo is featured in :iconmacros-of-insects: journal: [link] :bug: Thank you for your submission!
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Loxonema Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Cool
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Drhoz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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Enkased Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
holy shit. Crazy big chelicerae
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Drhoz Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup :) apparently they specialise in puncturing beetles, but I bet they're just as effective against fingenails and shoes, seeing as Atrax can do the same thing :)
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