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Extinct Arthropod Had Big Claws Spider Brain
2013-10-16 15:15:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While finding an intact fossil of any kind can be an exciting discovery, an international team of paleontologists recently discovered the earliest known complete nervous system in the fossil of a never-before described creature that crawled or swam in the ocean some 520 million years ago, according to a report in the journal Nature. The researchers said the fossil belongs to an extinct group of marine arthropods known as megacheirans,...

Two Spider Species With Peculiar Living Habits From Uruguay
2013-10-03 11:55:37

Pensoft Publishers The two new species described from Uruguay, Chaco castanea and Chaco costai, are middle sized spiders that range between 1 and 2 cm in body size. Like all Nemesiids they have an elongated body and robust legs with predominantly black-brownish coloration. A recent study in the open access journal Zookeys provides a detailed description of the two news species and a rare glimpse into their living habits. The two new species are typically found in sandy soils of oceanic...

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

Pensoft Publishers 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. Lurking in the hollows of old myrtle beech trees and thus hard to collect, this extraordinary spider is an endemic species confined strictly to the beautiful Great Otway National Park (Victoria, Australia). P. otwayensis belongs to the small spider family Gradungulidae which consists of seven genera...

Experts Afraid Of Spiders
2013-09-16 13:16:58

[ Watch the Video: Entomologists With Arachnophobia? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, is understandable in the typical person. However, University of California, Riverside professor Richard Vetter recently looked into the prevalence of this phobia in entomologists – men and women who work with bugs on a daily basis. According to a report of Vetter's study published in American Entomologist, a survey of 41 self-described...

Tarantula Venom Protein May Serve As Bioinsecticide For Cotton Crop Pests
2013-09-12 10:10:21

Public Library of Science Spider venoms are usually toxic when injected into prey, but a new protein discovered in the venom of Australian tarantulas can also kill prey insects that consume the venom orally. The protein is strongly insecticidal to the cotton bollworm, an important agricultural pest, according to research published September 11 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Glenn King and Maggie Hardy from the Institute of Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland,...

New Secrets Of Spider Venom Revealed
2013-08-30 09:22:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University of Arizona and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon has found the venom of the brown recluse and other spiders in the genus Loxosceles produces a much different toxic reaction in the body than previously thought. The finding could eventually lead to more effective anti-venoms, study researchers said. The venom of the brown recluse bite contains a protein that can result in the formation of...

Spider Web Attracted To Charged Insects
2013-07-05 10:17:49

[ Watch the Video: Falling Insects Electrostatically Deform Web ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of California claims spider webs don't attract the prey; rather, the prey attracts the web. As insects such as aphids or bees fly through the air, carried by their tiny and quickly beating wings, they build up a positive electrostatic charge. This charge may be enough to attract the thin and flexible strands of spider's silk which...

2013-06-30 23:03:17

Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control provide tips to help Maine residents get rid of spiders and enjoy their homes a bit better this summer. Gray, Maine (PRWEB) June 30, 2013 The wet, humid summer months bring a lot of bugs out of the ground and the woodwork. Pest control specialists in the region will get calls regarding everything from ants and spiders to mosquitos and bed bugs. One of the first concerns for many homeowners is the possibility of illnesses being transferred by the pests....

2013-06-06 08:20:59

-- New McLaren Automotive website provides unparalleled digital experience including never-before-seen images and video from inside McLaren WOKING, England, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the official launch of the new global brand website for McLaren Automotive. This digital initiative is aimed at offering unparalleled inside access to McLaren and introducing a new global audience to the iconic British brand. The new site and exclusive content can be viewed at...

Two New Miniature Spider Species Discovered In China
2013-05-22 13:27:36

Pensoft Publishers Two new minute spider species have been discovered from the Sichuan and Chongqing, China. The tiny new spiders are both less than 2 mm in length, with Trogloneta yuensis being as little as 1.01 mm and Mysmena wawuensis measured to be the even tinier 0.75 mm, which classes it among the smallest spiders known. The two species described in the open access journal Zookeys both have a bizarre body shape with disproportionately big spherical posterior body. The family...


Latest Spider Reference Libraries

Scytodes thoracica
2014-04-08 10:19:31

Scytodes thoracica is a spitting spider because it spit’s a poisonous and sticky silken substance over its prey. Its size ranges between .12 to .24 inches. The carapace is abnormal in sloping upwards towards its rear end, whereas the abdomen slopes downwards. It has six eyes rather than the typical eight. It is found in the Holarctic, Australia, and on some oceanic islands within the Pacific. This particular spitting spider features the presence of silk glands within its...

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....

Eastern Mouse Spider, Missulena bradleyi
2014-04-07 16:16:36

The Eastern Mouse Spider (Missulena bradleyi) is a species of spider belonging to the Actinopodidae family. The spider is native to the east coast of Australia. The common name of the mouse spider comes from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. The females are black overall and are larger in size than the males. The males are black with a bluish-white colored patch on the front of their abdomen. Mouse spiders vary from 10 to 35 millimeters long and...

Stegodyphus lineatus
2014-04-07 14:12:35

Stegodyphus lineatus is the only European species belonging to the spider genus Stegodyphus. The males of this species are up to 12 millimeters long, while the females are up to 15 millimeters long. The coloration can range from whitish to almost black. In the majority of individuals, the opisthosoma is whitish with two broad black longitudinal stripes. The males and females look similar, but the male is usually richer in contrast and has a bulbous forehead. The species name is in...

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...

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