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2013-11-12 23:23:50

Announcing the appearance of former NFL player Jovan Haye at the International Pool Spa & Patio Expo in Las Vegas who is teaming up with Totally New Technologies who will be unveiling the all new swimming pool product SkimDoctor™. Nashville, Tennessee (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 Announcing the appearance of Jovan Haye a former NFL Buccaneer and Titan lineman at the International Pool Spa & Patio Expo in Las Vegas. Jovan will be teaming up with the company Totally New Technologies...

Better Sex In Return For Nuptial Gifts
2013-10-24 13:41:15

[ Watch The Video: Male Spider Presents Gift Before Sex] Aarhus University A male spider that gives its selected female a nuptial gift is allowed to mate with her for a longer period of time and provide more sperm than a male that fails to come with a gift. If a male spider goes to the trouble of finding a good gift, wraps it up nicely in spider silk and offers it to a female he would like to mate, he has far better chances of fathering her offspring than if he skipped the present....

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...


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Skeleton Tarantula, Ephebopus murinus
2014-08-29 11:32:08

The Skeleton Tarantula (Ephebopus murinus) is a species of spider belonging to the Theraphosidae family, a sub-family of Aviculariinae. This New World species is native to several South American countries. Its common name comes from the skeleton-like markings on its legs. The generic name, Ephebopus comes from the Greek meaning “youthful” plus “foot”, and the specific name, murinus is from the Latin meaning “mouse-colored”. The adult E. murinus normally grows to a leg span of...

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...

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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...

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