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#ThreatenedThursday: Tingle Pygmy Trapdoor Spider

April 18th, 2019
#ThreatenedThursday: Tingle Pygmy Trapdoor Spider

SPECIES: Bertmainius tingle — Tingle Pygmy Trapdoor Spider

CLASSIFICATION: Endangered

Remarkable for it's size, the Tingle Pygmy Trapdoor Spider is less than 10mm long. It was discovered in 1990 - quite by accident - in a disgarded bark sample that was home to another spider. Named after the bark which it prefers to call home, tingle bark, or Eucalyptus diversicolor, the Tingle Pygmy Trapdoor Spider is currently only known from two locations in WA. Destruction of habitat remains the major threat to the species.


Photo credit: WA Museum

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