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aquatic scorpion
2015-01-14 11:21:13

An astonishingly complete aquatic scorpion fossil was discovered in Ontario this week, and provides evidence that the ability to walk unsupported by water appeared far earlier in the fossil record than previously believed, according to a new study.

spiders on the brain
2014-11-03 05:24:21

We all have fears, rational or not. Some fear the dark, some fear snakes, and some fear the unknown. Most of us just have to accept our fears and try to live with them. Except, perhaps, if you are a certain 44-year-old business man in the UK.

New Study Helps To Identify Spiders In International Cargo
2014-10-06 03:49:04

Spiders found in international cargo brought into North America are sometimes submitted to arachnologists for identification. Often, these spiders are presumed to be of medical importance because of their size or similarity to spiders that are known to be toxic to humans.

orb-weaving spider
2014-08-21 07:17:10

Living in the city can have its benefits – especially if you’re an arachnid, according to new research reporting that some types of spiders grow larger and have increased reproductive capabilities in urban areas.

orb weaver spider genetics
2014-07-21 03:30:56

Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins.

Scientists Discover That Scorpions Are Master Architects
2014-07-03 03:23:46

Israeli scientists have discovered that scorpion burrows have a platform on which to warm up before the evening hunt.

New Evidence Pegs Semi-Aquatic Spiders As Fish-Eating Predators
2014-06-19 09:02:09

A new study, published in the academic journal PLOS ONE, from zoologists in Switzerland and Australia, state that spiders all over the world not only prey on insects, but they also feed on fish.

Lover Or Fighter? Spider's Job Type Depends On Personality
2014-06-18 08:51:50

A team of researchers has found aggressive spiders are better at killing prey and defending the colony, while docile spiders excel at caring for the baby spiders.

Specialized Leg Organs Help Spiders Glean Information From Their Silk
2014-06-03 11:11:12

A spider’s web is more than just a home or trap for unsuspecting prey, it’s also a communications network capable of telling a spider information about prey, mates, and its own structural integrity.

Threatened Male Scorpions Flee, Females Sting
2014-05-29 03:14:52

Threatened female bark scorpions sting quicker than males, likely to compensate for reduced ability to flee the threat


Latest Arachnids Reference Libraries

Funnel Weavers, Agelenidae
2014-06-19 13:16:37

Agelenidae is a family that holds about 1,200 recognized species of funnel weaver spiders that occur throughout the world. These spiders build funnel shaped webs that trap prey in their complicated patterns, but they should not be confused with other families of spiders that build funnel webs like funnel-web spiders or funnel-web tarantulas. Funnel weavers can reach an average body length between .1 inches in the smallest species and .7 inches, although the largest species can reach total...

Cellar Spider, Pholcus phalangioides
2014-04-07 13:05:31

The Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides), known also as the Skull Spider because of its cephalothorax resembling a human skull, is a spider belonging to the family Pholcidae. The females have a body length of about 9 millimeters; the males are slightly smaller. The legs are about 5 to 6 times the length of the body. Its habit of living on the ceilings of room, garages, caves, or cellars gives rise to one of its common names. They are thought to be beneficial in some parts of the world...

Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spider, Crossopriza lyoni
2014-04-07 12:30:20

Crossopriza lyoni is a widespread species of cellar spiders that prefer to live in or around human structures. They are commonly known as Tailed Cellar Spiders, Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spiders, and occasionally Box Spiders. They all possess exceptionally long and fragile legs that can reach up to 2.4 inches long and a body length of that ranges from .098 to .28 inches. Their abdomens are distinctly square shaped when they are viewed from the side and their carapace is more or less circular...

Kauai Cave Wolf Spider
2014-04-01 13:14:31

Scientific name: Adelocosa anops Common Names: Kauai Cave Wolf Spider, Big-Eyed Wolf Spider Status: Listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List in 1996 Geography: United States, Hawaii Conservation Information: This particular species is only known to occur in a few caves in a lava flow within an area consisting of 4.1 square miles in the Koloa-Poipu region of Kauai, Hawaii. Only six populations are known to exist as of April 1, 2014. Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Arachnida...

Spruce Fir Moss Spider, Microhexura montivaga
2013-08-26 12:08:18

The Spruce Fir Moss Spider (Microhexura montivaga) is an endangered species of spider that can be found at high elevations in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Initially identified in 1923, they inhabit moss that grows on rocks under the forest canopy. It is one of the smallest mygalomorph spiders, with the adults only measuring 3 to 4 millimeters. The coloration varies from light brown to yellow-brown to a darker reddish brown color, with no markings on its abdomen. Their chelicerae...

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  • An imitative word; an onomatopoetic word.
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