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Western Drywood Termite Incisitermes minor
2013-08-13 11:52:27

The western drywood termite (Incisitermes minor) is a species of termite that is can be found in western areas of North America. Its native range includes northern areas of Mexico and western areas of the United States, but it has also been found in eastern areas of the United States, Japan, China, and Hawaii. This species prefers to reside in Mediterranean climates that are arid, although it...

Iberian Ribbed Newt Pleurodeles walti
2013-08-13 11:40:42

The Iberian Ribbed Newt (Pleurodeles walti), known also as the Spanish Ribbed Newt, is a newt endemic to the central and southern Iberian Peninsula and Morocco. It is known for its sharp ribs that can puncture through its sides, and as such is also called the Sharp-ribbed Newt. This newt has tubercles running down each side. The characteristically sharp ribs can puncture through these. The...

Hodotermes
2013-08-13 11:32:19

Hodotermes is a genus that contains two species of African harvester termites known as H. mossambicus and H. erithreensis. The collective range of both species extends from some areas of South Africa through the savannas in East Africa to Palaearctic North Africa. Both species are subterraneous, nesting under the ground, but the nests of H. mossambicus can contain several sphere-shaped hives,...

New Zealand Common Cushion Star Patiriella regularis
2013-08-12 14:48:06

The New Zealand common cushion star (Patiriella regularis) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asterinidae family. It is native to New Zealand waters, but has been introduced into Tasmania, where it is thought by some to be an invasive species. Studies of this species have shown that individuals occurring in the north of its range vary from individuals in southern waters,...

Short Spined Crown Of Thorns Starfish Acanthaster
2013-08-12 14:37:20

The short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster brevispinus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Because these areas are so far away from one another, the full range of this starfish cannot be known, but it can be said...

Pacific Blood Star Henricia leviuscula
2013-08-12 14:30:25

The Pacific blood star (Henricia leviuscula), also known as the blood star or the blood starfish, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Echinasteridae family. It can be found in the Pacific Ocean, along the coasts of North America. It prefers a habitat within intertidal zones in rocky areas, at depths of up to 1,312 feet. This species is small, reaching an average diameter...

Luidia sarsi
2013-08-12 10:57:03

Luidia sarsi is a species of starfish that is classified within the Luidiidae family. It can be found in a range that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to Norway and prefers a habitat in muddy or sandy areas. Adult individuals display pentaradial symmetry or pentamerism with five long arms that are bordered by bands of white spines that occur in groups of three. These arms reach a length of...

Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus
2013-08-11 13:34:24

The ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus), also known as the ochre starfish or the purple sea star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asteriidae family. This species can be found in the Pacific Ocean in a range that extends from Santa Barbara Co., California to Prince William Sound in Alaska. This species holds one subspecies, known as Pisaster ochraceus segnis, which can be...

Giant Sea Star Pisaster giganteus
2013-08-09 10:08:32

The giant sea star (Pisaster giganteus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asteriidae family. It can be found along the western coasts of North America, with a range that extends from British Columbia to southern California. It resides in areas with low tides, where sand contains abundant substrate to which the starfish can cling. The giant sea star is broad and holds wide...

Pink Sea Star Pisaster brevispinus
2013-08-09 10:05:29

The pink sea star (Pisaster brevispinus), also known as the short-spined sea star or the giant pink sea star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asteriidae family that can be found in the Pacific Ocean. It prefers to reside in muddy or sandy areas at depths of up to 590 feet, although smaller individuals can be found in rocky areas. This species was made famous by the show...

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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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