Thanks to David Hirst of the South Australian Museum, for spider identification.
When I read in the local paper that male barking spiders were on the prowl, I chased down the contact, and reached the man behind the article. I asked where I could find barking spiders in Alice, and he said 16 mile creek, which is north of Alice (guess how far?)
The first 2 trips there were unsuccessful, but the 3rd yielded this guy. I thought for sure it was a barking spider, but alas, it turned out to be a black wishbone, species Aname Atra. She was found in the first shovel full. More info and background on these spiders can be found here.
This specimen seemed to be more aggressive than any other spider I've
photographed, hence the Karate Kid antics you see. The powerful
jaw/fang combo on this guy ensured delicate handling.
Black Wishbone Spider