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2014-08-30 06:12:23

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There are mites crawling all over your face right now, and it doesn’t matter what you do or how hard you wash or how much soap you use, you can’t get rid of them – and you can thank North Carolina State University graduate student Megan S. Thoemmes and her colleagues for that unsettling bit of knowledge. Thoemmes, who is currently studying in the NC State Department of Biological Sciences and the W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral...

ancient arachnid
2014-07-09 10:51:56

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the first predators to walk on Earth was a 410 million-year-old arachnid, an ancient relative to modern day spiders. Based on its fossils, a video was produced that recreates its locomotion. The fossils came from the Natural History Museum in London. Researchers from the University of Manchester and the Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin, used these fossils to create a simulation of how the arachnid presumably walked. The study is...

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...

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

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2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and Hawaii. They inhabit warmer areas and can often be seen entering human habitations and other shelters...

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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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.