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Day In The Life Of Progradungula Otwayensis
2013-09-25 11:54:31

A recent paper published in the open access journal Zookeys provides a first-time glimpse in the natural history of the enigmatic spider species Progradungula otwayensis.

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2010-02-04 07:33:38

A spider may be the reason fog-catching nets, which provide precious water in rain-starved parts of the world, may be ready for a high-tech upgrade.


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Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis
2014-04-08 10:12:47

The Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) is a species of large North American spider which display strong sexual dimorphism. The males may be mistaken for the Brown Recluse due to the similar coloration and body structure. However, compared to the Brown Recluse, male Southern House Spiders are usually larger in size, lack the distinctive violin shape on their cephalothorax, and have abnormally long and slender pedipalps. The females are a dark brown or black color and more compact....

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2009-05-02 15:52:37

Nigma walckenaeri is a species of spider commonly found in gardens, walls, or on big leaves such as lilac or grapevine. It is found in warmer regions and near forest edges. This species has been introduced into Kew Gardens in Queens, NY. This green cribellate spider is about 0.2 inches long and is the biggest member of the Dictynidae family. Most of the body is somewhat yellowish, however, the abdomen is shiny green, which makes it hard to confuse with other species. The green color also...

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Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.