Lots in Crazy Paving Cave! Most of them were hanging suspended from short threads, completely covered in condensation and so utterly still I was convinced they were dead. But after having lights and flashes shone on it for quite a while, this one came to with alarming speed! Thankfully all it did was climb up its thread onto the ceiling, but it did so with a pretty shuddersome alacrity.
Large spiders (NZ's biggest at 13cm legspan), with awesome clawed paddle feet. Paper lantern-like white egg sacs. Sit-and-wait predators of cave weta.
body less than one inch
Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exception of air and sea colonization. As of 2008, at least 43,678 spider species, and 109 families have been...