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Spider Genome Sequenced For The First Time
2014-05-08 03:19:02

For the first time ever, a group of Danish and Chinese researchers has sequenced the genome of the spider. This knowledge provides a much more qualified basis for studying features of the spider. It also shows that humans share certain genomic similarities with spiders.

Cartwheels In The Sand: Amazing Movements Of The Flic-Flac Spider
2014-05-06 07:56:59

For humans, cartwheeling is a fun activity for many children and is a popular routine for Olympic gymnasts. It’s unlikely, however, that you would see a person using the cartwheel technique to escape danger.

Scientists Find Four Eyes In 305M-Year-Old Daddy Longlegs Fossil
2014-04-10 13:42:21

A group of arachnids known as harvestmen -- or more commonly daddy longlegs -- are known from every continent on the planet except for Antarctica. These spindly-legged creatures have been creeping and crawling around for millions of years.

2014-04-07 23:29:08

My Cleaning Products announced it would be releasing complimentary samples of its Spider Bully.

New Spider Species Bagged By Students On Field Course
2014-03-28 18:07:58

As a spin-off (pun intended) of their Tropical Biodiversity course in Malaysian Borneo, a team of biology students discover a new spider species, build a makeshift taxonomy lab, write a joint publication and send it off to a major taxonomic journal.

Jumping Spider Uses Ant As Bodyguard
2014-03-12 09:31:54

A timid jumping spider uses the scent of ants as a secret weapon to save itself from becoming the somewhat soggy prey of the predatory spitting spider.

2014-03-07 23:26:05

My Cleaning Products offers a new pesticide-exempt spider spray.

Osperalycus tenerphagus face
2014-03-02 05:24:52

It may resemble a worm, but it's actually a previously undiscovered microscopic species of mite discovered on The Ohio State University campus.

2014-01-28 23:03:59

MCP has published a new guideline entitled "How to Get Rid of Spiders in Three Easy Steps." In it, the company recommended a pesticide-exempt spider spray to make the process effective

Spider Omnivore Eats Pollen
2013-12-18 11:24:48

A new study has found that some spiders munch on pollen from time to time to supplement their diet.


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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Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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