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bmathison1972

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Velvet Spider (Bullyland)
« on: March 10, 2017, 07:02:14 PM »
Walk-around of the velvet spider, Eresus kollari Rossi, 1846, by Bullyland, new for 2017. The species is distributed from Europe to Central Asia and was previously considered part of the E. niger-complex. To my knowledge this is the only figure of a member of the family Eresidae and honestly one I have always secretly wanted to be made! The figure might represent E. moravicus, but I think E. kollari is the more logical choice.

The figure is painted to depict a male and is 40 mm long (not including appendages), making it slightly larger than 3:1. It is solid, firm piece of PVC with slightly softer legs (not as soft as the Papo wolf spider legs, however).

This unique figure comes highly recommended!

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Re: Velvet Spider (Bullyland)
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 03:26:37 PM »
Ah, wonderful! 8) Still have to get this one. By the way, the 40 mm body length reminded me of something: while the sexual dimorphism is already considerable in E. kollari, the southern European E. walckenaerius has females that can be as big as the Bullyland model (but with shorter legs) while the males are still as small as E. kollari males. E. kollari is distributed here in Germany but quite rare and I've never encountered one, alas.