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Man Asks The Internet To Help Identify Strange 'Sushi Spider' In His House

mason.zimmer 26 Apr 2019

Due to the length of time Australia has spent in isolation, the continent is home to a lot of wildlife that we can't see anywhere else.

And for some reason, this includes a wide and sometimes colorful array of unique spiders. Some are have frighteningly effective venom, some are unnerving to behold but mostly harmless, and others almost defy categorization.

That was the issue that faced one man as he tried to identify a particularly unusual specimen that snuck into his house.

It is fairly common knowledge that Australia is home to quite a few insects that give people the heebie-jeebies.

I feel like all spiders in Australia are giant.

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William Williamson of Sydney, Australia took to Facebook to find out exactly what he was looking at.

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Although it was clear to him that this was a spider, it was unlike any that he had ever seen before.

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Although he posted it in search of answers, all he seemed to accomplish at first was freaking out his followers.

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As The Daily Mail reported, at at least one of them made the obligatory "Time to burn the house down" comment.

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Others were more fascinated by how much the spider resembled a particularly large piece of sushi.

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It doesn't help that its legs looked a little like crab meat and the green spots on its back could seem like bits of cucumber at first glance.

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Imagine thinking you dropped a piece of your delicious California roll, only to see that it's actually a SPIDER.

Is your skin crawling? Yeah, so is mine.

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I hope I didn't ruin your appetite!


But honestly, am I the only one craving sushi right now?

I mean, I might pass on the California roll, but bring on a dynamite roll and I'm good.


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Finally, Williamson and his more curious followers got the answer they wanted.

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It turns out that our strangely sushi-esque spider is actually known as a Magnificent Spider and is found the Queensland and New South Wales regions of Australia.

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Magnificent Spider, as in it's absolutely magnificent that it looks like a big ole piece of sushi????

You really can't unsee these things, people.

At least it makes it look a little less frightening!

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The one Williamson found is apparently a little more curious than usual, as these spiders usually spend their days hiding in shelters made by holding leaves together with silk.

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According to the Australian Museum, they usually prefer to do this in sclerophyll forests, but suburban yards can also serve their purposes well enough.

If you stumble upon their retreats, you'll likely see these odd spindles, which are actually their egg sacs.

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Fun fact: the spider hanging around Williamson's home was most likely a female one.

This is because they're white marked with a couple yellow dots on their stomach, as well as dotted with salmon-colored spots. They're also pretty hairy (you go girl).

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Although some folks may not think the spider is so magnificent, they don't need to worry if they come across one.

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As the Australian Museum emphatically states, the Magnificent Spider is not dangerous to humans.

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The same cannot be said for moths, as these spiders have a clever and efficient way of hunting them.

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Magnificent Spiders are part of the bolas group of spiders, which means that rather than spinning a web, they just use a single strand of silk with a stocky orb on the end of it.

When bugs get near that orb, the spider can cast it at them like a fishing line and pull them to their doom.

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And in many cases, the moths won't be able to resist getting near the strand.

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That's because the sticky orb can sometimes contain pheromones that smell like female moths. So when a male moth thinks it's about to find a mate, it's actually flying itself into the spider's trap.

h/t: The Australian Museum

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What I really want to know is what Mr. Williamson did with the spider after he found it.


Did he keep it? Release it back into the wilderness?

...eat it?

I'm sorry, did I go too far?

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