Edited by Minkyd, 11 January 2013 - 05:50 PM.
Sea tarantulasea spider
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:49 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:02 PM
To get an ID you'll need to google for Australian spiders experts & send the photo to them, sorry. Please let us know if you get a response.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:45 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:09 AM
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:59 PM
"Interesting. The dorsally rounded and very setose body, coupled with the fact that the claws are small and that only 3 walking legs per side are visible, lead me to think that this is most likely a member of the family Homolodromiidae, and probably the genus Dicranodromia. It's a fascinating family, considered primitive by nearly all crab workers, and not much is known about it. The eyes of homolodromiids are sort of simple however, usually simply rounded on a stalk, and yet these eyes look more "beanshaped" than is true for that family. I'd like to see it, but I'm sure the specimen was not collected. Dicranodromia species do not get that large -- you mentioned a size of an adult hand -- so maybe this is the genus Homolodromia."
Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:01 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:14 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:23 PM
Here's an image of a specimen with the sponges removed from half the body - http://kanichang.web...cia-retusa.html
Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:40 AM
The Gold Coast Seaway, Queensland, Australia is an amazing place for critters, so far I have found over 115 species of sea slugs, all in a silty muck dive that no-one else would love, many shrimp species, all sorts of shells, over 450 fish species and many more amazing critters. Unfortunately all may be lost soon with plans to build a cruise ship terminal and the dredging of the Seaway which will destroy all this life and my divesite.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:32 AM
That's a real shame about the Seaway. Unfortunately it's a common attitude that "muck" is worthless. Deep sea trawling is destroying coral reefs thought to be as much as 10,000 years old & hosting 1,300 species of animals because they're in the middle of featureless mud that no-one cares about.....