Subject: Cork Lid Trapdoor Spider?
Geographic location of the bug: Penang, Malaysia
Time: 12:09 AM EDT
My friend found a spider that looked like a trap door but could not identified it. Can bugman help?
How you want your letter signed: mysticz
This is a gorgeous Spider. It has such a distinctive appearance, including the red tips on the legs. We could not locate any exact matches on the internet, but we did find this image on FlickR of a Tube Trapdoor Spider from Singapore that looks somewhat similar. We are quite confident your individual is a Trapdoor Spider, but we are not certain to which family it belongs. The closest visual match we could locate is a posting to Encyclopedia of Life of Idiops constructor, a member of the family Idiopidae, which Wikipedia calls the Armored Trapdoor Spiders.
Thanks for the effort Daniel.