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2014-09-09 08:26:31

Reviewers praise Lance Underphal paranormal mystery thrillers - "must be read to be believed" SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the success of the second Lance Underphal Mystery, fans and reviewers are busy describing the Arizona author's mystery books as "killer." Their intricate plotting gets 5 star acclaim, pushing the envelope in the mystery, thriller, suspense genres. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140908/143932Photo -...

Three New Tarantula Species Discovered In Argentina
2014-05-08 03:38:13

Pensoft Publishers A team of scientists from the Universidad de La República, Uruguay discovered three native to northern Argentina new species of the engaging spider group of the tarantulas. The study describing the newly found tarantulas was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. The often hairy and very large spiders known as tarantulas are one of the most famous arachnid groups. Despite their ill fame as vicious killers most tarantulas are harmless to humans. Most tarantulas...

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...

Researchers Find New Giant Spider In Sri Lanka
2013-04-04 18:28:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Arachnophobes beware: scientists have found an enormous, previously undiscovered species of tarantula — said to be about the same size as a human face — in a remote village in Sri Lanka. The species, which was discovered by the South Asian country´s Biodiversity Education and Research (BER) agency, has “unique daffodil-yellow markings” on its eight-inch long legs and a “distinctive pink...

2012-12-12 12:23:28

When we´re faced with things that seem threatening, whether it´s a hairy spider or an angry mob, our goal is usually to get as far away as we can. Now, new research suggests that our visual perception may actually be biased in ways that help motivate us to get out of harm´s way. Our bodies help us respond to threats by engaging our fight-or-flight response and enabling us to act quickly: Our heart rate and blood pressure ramp up, and we produce more of the stress hormone...

New Endangered Tarantulas Discovered In Brazil
2012-10-31 04:39:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A few tropical habitats in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and the Caribbean are known for being home to arboreal tarantulas, which are generally lighter in build, have thinner bodies and longer legs. This allows them to better climb different surfaces and makes them more agile than land based spiders. The core area for arboreal tarantulas is in the Amazon where most of the species are known and relatively common, living in...

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2012-09-05 20:07:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study suggests that expressing your feelings and fears in times of anxiety and stress may actually help you through these times and confront your fears. In fact, according to this UCLA psychology study, the more negative and fearful words you use, the better chance you have of reducing your fear and stress. In order to test this theory, the UCLA psychologists asked 88 participants to face a very common human fear: A...

Top Ten Species List Creates Awareness Of Biosphere Diversity
2012-05-24 10:27:34

Ten new species are highlighted in the Top Ten New Species list for 2012, the fifth year for this interesting record. The list, created by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and a committee of scientists from around the world, was released on May 23, the birthday of the Swedish botanist who created the current system of flora and fauna classification, Carolus Linnaeus. Since Linnaeus created this system in the eighteenth century, almost two million...

The Auburn Tiger Trapdoor Spider
2012-05-09 03:03:20

A new species discovered from a college town backyard [ Watch the Video ] Researchers at Auburn University have reported the discovery a new trapdoor spider species from a well-developed housing subdivision in the heart of the city of Auburn, Alabama. Myrmekiaphila tigris, affectionately referred to as the Auburn Tiger Trapdoor spider, is named in honor of Auburn University's costumed Tiger mascot, Aubie. The research team, directed by Biological Sciences professor Jason Bond, lead...

Flying Jewels Spell Death For Baby Spiders
2012-03-03 05:32:38

New species of parasitic spider flies discovered in Australia Spider flies are a rarely collected group of insects. Adults are considered important pollinators of flowers, while larvae live as internal parasitoids of juvenile spiders. Eight genera are recorded in Australasia, including four genera in the subfamily Panopinae, a group of large, hairy, often metallic colored adults whose larvae specialize as parasitizing mygalomorph spiders such as tarantulas, trap door and funnel web...


Latest Tarantula Reference Libraries

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...

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...

Mediterranean Black Widow, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of date, though it is still commonly found in the literature. Many consider this spider a Latrodectus...

Mexican Fireleg, Brachypelma boehmei
2013-09-09 10:14:11

The Mexican Fireleg (Brachypelma beohmei), known also as the Mexican Rustleg Tarantula, is a tarantula that is native to Mexico in Guerrero state. These spiders prefer semi-humid climates and are obligate terrestrial burrowers. As with all closely related tarantula species, they defend themselves with their urticating hairs when they are provoked. They’re not the easiest species to keep in captivity and should only be considered as a pet once comfortable with keeping other species....

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