Mygalomorphs are an ancient group of spiders that have remained
almost unchanged for millions of years.
Unlike modern spiders, which have pincer-like biting apparatus, mygalomorphs have dagger-like fangs that they thrust downwards in a ‘pick-axe’ motion.
Here we show a representative species from each of the major mygalomorph families found in Australia.
Text and photographs by Nick Volpe
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