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  Black Wishbone Spider (Aname atra)





Black Wishbone Spider | Aname atra photo
Chelicerae and fangs of a Black Wishbone Spider, Aname Atra, and was taken in Alice Springs, Australia.

Image by Steven Clark - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



SPIDER FACTS

Description
The Black Wishbone Spider is a medium to large black spider with large downward pointing fangs. their burrow is d like a wishbone. The burrow is near vertical and lined with silk and sometimes branched into a y-shape or wishbone shape. This is why they are called wishbone spiders. The burrow does not have a trap door. The spider sits at the entrance and pounce on passing prey.

Size
Body Length: Male 25mm, Female: 35mm

Food
They feed at night waiting at the burrow entrance to ambush passing insects.

Breeding
The male wanders at night looking for a mate, especially after rain in spring and autumn.

Range
South Australia

Notes
The Wishbone Spider has large fangs and can inflict a deep and painful wound, but the venom is not as toxic to humans as the Sydney Funnel-web.



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Mygalomorphae
Family:Nemesiidae
Genus:Aname
Species:atra
Common Name:Black Wishbone Spider