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Real Life Shelob Model?
22nd May 2003

Real Life Shelob Model? - 400x357, 28kB

 Real Life Shelob Model? - 400x357, 28kB

Word has reached us that WETA are basing ROTK baddie Shelob on this very real NZ spider. The Black Tunnelweb Spider (Porrhothele antipodiana) is described as:

Large spiders with dark abdomens and legs. The cephalothorax (the fused head and thorax) is leathery looking and typically red-brown in colour although darker examples are known. The spinnerets (appendages to spin silk) are quite obvious and look like two feelers that extend beyond the end of the abdomen.
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