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Black Widow Males Twerk
2014-01-17 13:24:09

[ Watch the Video: Black Widow Males Dance It Up During Mating Time ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Biologists at Simon Fraser University have discovered that male black widow spiders can 'twerk' like Miley Cyrus to attract females. According to a study published in the open access journal Frontiers in Zoology, male black widow spiders shake their abdomens to produce carefully pitched vibrations to let females know they are ready to court, and are not potential...

2012-10-09 03:20:27

PARIS, October 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris: FR0000130577] today announced the acquisition of 100% of Arachnid, a highly awarded Malaysian digital agency. Arachnid was established in Kuala Lumpur in 1996, and now employs a team of more than sixty digital communications specialists. With firm roots in digital and interactive marketing, its service offering has evolved to cover all forms of interaction-oriented touch-points. The agency's portfolio...

Study Shows Transgenerational Effect Of Antibiotics
2012-05-02 03:52:06

Antibiotic commonly used in animal production passes from father to son in pseudoscorpions In a paper published in Nature's open access journal Scientific Reports, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, report that male pseudoscorpions treated with the antibiotic tetracycline suffer significantly reduced sperm viability and pass this toxic effect on to their untreated sons. They suggest a similar effect could occur in humans and other species. A pseudoscorpion, whose scientific...

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2010-02-11 09:55:00

Any way you look at it -- by sheer weight, species diversity or population -- the hard-shelled, joint-legged creepy crawlies called arthropods dominate planet Earth. Because of their success and importance, scientists have been trying for decades to figure out the family relationships that link lobsters to millipedes and cockroaches to tarantulas and find which might have come first. In a scientific and technological tour de force that was nearly a decade in the making, a team of scientists...

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2007-11-21 00:00:00

By THOMAS WAGNER LONDON - This was a bug you couldn't swat and definitely couldn't step on. British scientists have stumbled across a fossilized claw, part of an ancient sea scorpion, that is of such large proportion it would make the entire creature the biggest bug ever. How big? Bigger than you, and at 8 feet long as big as some Smart cars. The discovery in 390-million-year-old rocks suggests that spiders, insects, crabs and similar creatures were far larger in the past than previously...


Latest Arachnid Reference Libraries

Scytodes thoracica
2014-04-08 10:19:31

Scytodes thoracica is a spitting spider because it spit’s a poisonous and sticky silken substance over its prey. Its size ranges between .12 to .24 inches. The carapace is abnormal in sloping upwards towards its rear end, whereas the abdomen slopes downwards. It has six eyes rather than the typical eight. It is found in the Holarctic, Australia, and on some oceanic islands within the Pacific. This particular spitting spider features the presence of silk glands within its...

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2009-06-26 18:10:24

The Biting Spider or False Black Widow (Steatoda nobilis) is a species of arachnid native to the Canary Islands. It was accidentally introduced to England around 1870 through imported bananas that were sent to Torquay. It is also found in continental Europe and Africa. Its range is extending northwards and is expected to someday be prominent in the United Kingdom. This spider resembles the black widow and is sometimes though to be one when spotted. It has a round, over-sized abdomen which...

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2009-06-26 17:54:54

The Fishing Spider (Thalassius albocinctus) is a species of arachnid found in tropical Asia from India to the Philippines. It gets its name from the habit it has of catching small fish. It is found near water. This spider is easily identifiable by the presence of a black, glossy, broad band and white lateral band that runs along the cephalothorax (conjoined head and thorax) and abdomen. It has long yellow-brown legs. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2009-06-17 13:56:13

The Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans), typically known as the Southern Black Widow, is a species of arachnid that is native to the United States of America. There are two closely related species to the Southern Black Widow; the Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus), and the Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus). These three species are often confused with the genus Steatoda (false black widows). The black widow was first described in 1775 by Johan Christian Fabricius. The...

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2009-06-17 13:20:05

The Red and Silver Dewdrop Spider (Argyrodes flavescens) is a species of arachnid that belongs to the Theridiidae family. It is widespread through Southeast Asia. It can also be found in Sri Lanka. This is a kleptoparasite (lives on the web of other large spiders and feeds on their prey). This is a very small spider growing to less than 0.15 inches long (not including the legs). The legs are black and the shiny abdomen is reddish-brown with white spots. Photo Copyright and Credit

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