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Untangling Spider Webs - Orb Weaver Spiders Do Not Share

Untangling Spider Webs - Orb Weaver Spiders Do Not Share Common Origins

Harvard University Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins For decades, the story of spider evolution went like this: As insects became more and more diverse, with some species taking to the...

Latest Spider Stories

ancient arachnid
2014-07-09 10:51:56

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the first predators to walk on Earth was a 410 million-year-old arachnid, an ancient relative to modern day spiders. Based on its fossils, a video was produced that recreates its locomotion. The fossils came from the Natural History Museum in London. Researchers from the University of Manchester and the Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin, used these fossils to create a simulation of how the arachnid presumably walked. The study is...

2014-06-23 23:11:11

Since he was little, Golbo the Spider has been warned to stay away from vacuum cleaners, but sometimes facing what we fear can be a great experience as he discovers in Faiz Kermani’s hilarious new book “Golbo the Spider’s Amazing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure.” Alsace, France (PRWEB) June 23, 2014 Sometimes people have to face what they fear to find a place they can call home. Golbo the Spider quickly learns this lesson in Faiz Kermani’s new children’s book “Golbo the Spider’s...

New Spider Species Discovered In Mexico
2014-06-23 03:18:54

Pensoft Publishers Scientists discover and describe a new species of spider from Mexico. The new species belongs to the enigmatic family Paratropididae that is distinguished by representatives who possess unique camouflaging abilities. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Like all species form the family the new species Paratropis tuxtlensis has its entire body encrusted with soil particles. The encrusted soil on the exoskeleton could provide protection from...

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

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 also feed on fish. Ecologists view spiders as an insect predator, but research has revealed that certain larger species of spiders will occasionally catch and consume small fish. Martin Nyffeler from the University of Basel, Switzerland and Bradley Pusey from...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. According to a new report in the journal Advanced Materials, spider silk can be tuned to a wide range of harmonics and these various frequencies provide a wealth of information to spiders, which sense the frequencies using leg organs...

Common house spider - Achaearanea tepidariorum
2014-05-17 05:52:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whether you think they are creepy and scary, or useful and beautiful, one has to admit that spiders are also fascinating. And it isn't just Hollywood that finds spiders irresistible - research scientists find them equally alluring. A group of researchers from the University of Akron (UA), for example, have just released a new study demonstrating a more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesive inspired by spider silk....

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

Anne-Mette Siem, Aarhus University 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. The fact that the eight-legged creepy spider in some ways resembles humans is one of the surprising conclusions after researchers at Aarhus University and the Beijing Genomics...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the human world, 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. But in the natural world, one species of animal has been found to use cartwheels as an escape mechanism in its desert environment. The animal is a new species of spider called Cebrennus rechenbergi, or the flic-flac...

Spiders In Space Weave A Web Of Scientific Knowledge
2014-04-24 03:44:31

Laura Niles, NASA While spiders were busy spinning webs in space, researchers on Earth weaved their knowledge of this activity into educational materials to inspire and motivate students. Now, this free, Web-based guide is being re-released through Scholastic and Sony Pictures as curriculum for educators to leap on the excitement surrounding the release of the film, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” For those who may have missed it, this guide’s inspiration came from real science using...

2014-04-07 23:29:08

My Cleaning Products announced it would be releasing complimentary samples of its Spider Bully. The company said that the samples would prove that the product is not only effective but also safe. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 Spiders are some of the most feared bugs. But although most of their species are outdoor creatures, a number of them live as pests indoors. And to help the public get rid of them in buildings and houses, My Cleaning Products introduced its new spider spray...


Latest Spider Reference Libraries

Cobweb Spider, Theridiidae
2014-06-23 08:44:11

Theridiidae is a family that contains over 2,200 species of cobweb spiders, also known as tangle-web spiders or comb-footed spiders, which can be found throughout the world. This species received its common names from its tendency to build three dimensional, sticky webs and from the comb of serrated bristles on the fourth leg. It is thought that this family is the only to hold a high diversity of web types, including gumfooted webs, which are highly similar to those produced by spiders in the...

Wolf Spider, Lycosidae
2014-06-23 08:30:31

Lycosidae is a family that holds about 2,300 species of wolf spiders that can be found in a variety of habitats including woodlands, gardens, and moist coastal areas. Many species do require specific microhabitats, like montane herb-fields, but most species are nomads and do not reside in one area for long periods of time. Some species within this family build burrows that can have trap doors or open entrances, while others in arid regions build nests with plugged entrance ways, to protect...

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...

800px-Sparassidae_Palystes_castaneus_mature_female_9923s
2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and Hawaii. They inhabit warmer areas and can often be seen entering human habitations and other shelters...

Crab Spiders, Thomisidae
2014-06-19 08:13:57

Thomisidae is a family that holds around two thousand species of crab spiders that can be found throughout the world. Although the name crab spider has been used to refer to a large number of species, it is most often used to refer to members of this family, especially the flower crab spider. Many members of this family have flat bodies that resemble those of crabs and others hold their two front legs in positions that crabs are known for or move in sideways motions as crabs do. Although...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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