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Three New Wafer Trapdoor Spiders Discovered In Brazil
2013-11-20 11:17:07

Pensoft Publishers Scientists discover three new gorgeous species of the wafer trapdoor genus Fufius – F. minusculus, F. jalapensis, and F. candango. The discovery of the three new species, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, paves the road to understanding the morphological variability of the species in this little known mygalomorph genus. The family Cyrtaucheniidae is a widespread family of spiders, known also as wafer trapdoor spiders. Many, but not all, make wafer-like...

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...

Predator And Prey: Tiny Wasp Hunts Venomous Redback Spider
2012-09-12 05:48:04

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Even Australia's most common dangerous spider is no match for a nearly forgotten 200 year old flying insect, according to recent findings. The wasp, Agenioideus nigricornis, was first discovered in 1775 by Danish etymologist Johan Christian Fabricius. Recently, researchers from the University of Adelaide said the small wasp is a predator of the redback spider. "Since then, scientists have largely forgotten about the wasp," said...


Latest Spiders of Australia Reference Libraries

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...

Aname
2013-08-26 11:39:07

Aname is the name of a spider genus that is native to Australia. It includes a species that is found only on Tasmania and the Black Wishbone Spider (A. atra). Spiders featured in this genus, combined with the related and very similar genera Chenistonia and Namea, are called “wishbone spiders”, for the shape of their open silk-line burrow, which retains the shape of the letter Y, with one arm shorter than the other. The longer arm is the only arm to reach the surface. The shorter arm is...

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2009-05-02 21:56:01

The Tube Web Spider (Segestria florentina), also known as the Cellar Spider (both of these names are not considered specific names for this species), is a species of arachnid found in Europe. It was originally found in the Mediterranean region as far east as Georgia. It can be found in several large British towns where they were most likely introduced via seaports since at least 1845. In places such as Bristol, Cornwall and Gloucester, it prefers south-facing walls for its habitat. It has...

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