Subject: Trapdoor spider?
Location: Northeast Louisiana
June 6, 2013 6:15 pm
When I went out to check my swimming pool skimmer, as I do every morning, I found a large black spider which appeared to be dead in the bottom of the trap. I pulled the trap out and collected the spider in a jar, startled by the size of it. At first I thought it was a small tarantula, but it didn’t have hair on it and I new that is characteristic of them. I took it to work with me to see if anyone new what it was. No one there new what it was, so after doing some research I found the funnel web spider in Australia (yikes), which looks almost identical to it, but I was confident I didn’t have one of those. Finally I found an image of the trapdoor spider that was very close to my spider. I hope you can tell me for sure what I have, and the sex of the spider. For a note of geography, I live in northeast Louisiana and found the spider on June 5, 2013.
The short legs indicate that this is most likely a female spider and female Trapdoor Spiders do not generally wander far from their holes. Male Trapdoor Spiders, on the other hand, often wander in search of a mate and we frequently get reports of male Trapdoor Spiders drowning in pools.