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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...

2012-02-23 11:35:09

The more afraid a person is of a spider, the bigger that individual perceives the spider to be, new research suggests. In the context of a fear of spiders, this warped perception doesn't necessarily interfere with daily living. But for individuals who are afraid of needles, for example, the conviction that needles are larger than they really are could lead people who fear injections to avoid getting the health care they need. A better understanding of how a phobia affects the perception...

2012-01-23 07:12:00

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- (DoD BOOTH #116)-A new forensic tool introduced by eDEC Digital Forensics (www.edecdigitalforensics.com) of Santa Barbara, CA, an innovator in the field of mobile digital forensics, assisted a DEA investigation by acquiring a treasure trove of evidence from 3 Chinese cell phones confiscated from a suspected drug trafficker. A sign of the times, the new cell phone analysis tool, called Tarantula, was designed specifically to analyze the...

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2011-07-01 10:53:03

Researchers have used a specialized Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner on tarantulas for the first time, giving unprecedented videos of a tarantula's heart beating. "In the videos you can see the blood flowing through the heart and tantalizingly it looks as though there might be 'double beating' occurring, a distinct type of contraction which has never been considered before. This shows the extra value of using a non-invasive technique like MRI," says PhD researcher Gavin Merrifield who...


Latest Tarantula Reference Libraries

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....

Avicularia metallica
2013-08-26 13:39:49

Avicularia metallica is a fairly tame species of tarantulas. This spider is considered by some to be a public species. Cannibalism, while still a concern when they are kept communally, is much less of a problem compared to other Teraphosidae. This species, known commonly as the Metallic Pinktoe is a tarantula with a diagonal leg span of about 5.1 to 5.9 inches. The Metallic Pinktoe is notable for its iridescent sheen, green to dark blue prosoma, and the white tipped hairs on the...

Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula, Avicularia urticans
2013-08-26 13:37:07

The Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula (Avicularia urticans) is a species of tarantula that is native to South America. This species was initially described by G.E.W Schmidt in 1994. The mature males of this species may reach a legspan of 5.5 inches and have a purple sheen on the carapace on the femurs of the legs. The females can reach to about 6 inches and weigh one ounce. While the males generally take 1 to 1.5 years to mature, the males take two to three years. They will shed their exoskeleton...

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2009-06-26 17:36:26

The "Tarantula" Wolf Spider (Lycosa tarantula) is a species of wolf spider that is found near and around the city of Taranto, Italy (called Tarentum in Roman times). This nocturnal species lurks near the opening of its burrow at night waiting for prey. The female lives in her protective burrow her entire life, while the mature male leaves the nest and wanders about looking for mates. The adult male lives for nearly two years, while the female lives up to four years or longer. The spider...

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