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2008-09-08 15:00:33

By DYKES, Mervyn Beach strollers, if you come across a strange-looking object made from black, corrugated roofing material and labelled with red or yellow tags saying "Dept. of Conservation", leave it alone - there could be poisonous kapito spiders lurking beneath. DOC has enlisted the help of 11 spider-friendly and committed volunteers to launch a year-long survey of red katipo spider populations. Red katipo, or Latrodectus katipo, are endangered endemic widow spiders that were once...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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