Studies in Tasmanian spiders. Part III.

Hickman, VV 1928 , 'Studies in Tasmanian spiders. Part III.' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 96-118 .

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In December, 1925, I found at Derwent Park near the
shore of Prince of Wales Bay a small colony of trap-door
spiders belonging to the genus Migas, L. Koch. The species
proved to be new, and I described a female specimen under
the name of Migas nitens. Several specimens were collected
and preserved in alcohol, but one was kept alive in
order that its habits might be observed.
Genus Hexathele, Ausserer.
The Nest of Hexathele montanus, Hickman.
In the Proceedings of this Society for the year 1926 I
grave a brief description of the nest of Hexathele montanus
from the Western Tiers. Since then I have examined a
large number of these nests on the Cradle Mountain and am
able to make the following additional Observations. The
spider appears to be the most common Avicularid on the
Cradle Mountain and is very plentiful in the vicinity of
Daisy Dell. It makes its nest under the bark of trees, in
rotten logs, in stumps and sometimes under stones on the
ground. The nest is made by lining some natural cavity
with silk and in most cases the opening of the nest is expanded
into a thick silken network.
During the daytime the entrance is closed with a few
threads of silk woven across the opening. One nest which
I examined contained a pillow-shaped egg sac hung from the
top of the silk-lined cavity.
Includes a description of the physical characteristics and diagrams.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hickman, VV
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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