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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...

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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...

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2011-05-23 07:43:56

Researchers from the King Juan Carlos University (URJC) have carried out a research study published in Biological Conservation, which looked at whether spiders were more tolerant of human impact than other animals. The answer was no: arachnids suffer the consequences of changes to their landscape just like any other animal. "The abundance and number of spider species is negatively affected by the impact of many human land uses, such as habitat fragmentation, fire and pesticides", Samuel...

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2011-05-16 08:15:00

Climbing is possibly one of the riskiest things an adult tarantula can do. Weighing in at anything up to 50gm, the dry attachment systems that keep daintier spiders firmly anchored are on the verge of failure in these colossal arachnids. 'The animals are very delicate. They wouldn't survive a fall from any height,' explains Claire Rind from the University of Newcastle, UK. In 2006, Stanislav Gorb and his colleagues published a paper in Nature suggesting that tarantulas may save themselves...

2011-05-06 08:37:00

PHOENIX, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonanza Goldfields Corp. (OTCBB: BONZ) (BONZ.PK) ("Bonanza" or the "Company"), an exploration and mining company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, successfully puts new mining road to the test. Never before has heavy commercial mining equipment been transported into the Hull Lode and Tarantula Claim group area. This mission critical road has made it possible to successfully transport, over recent days, both a state of the art wash-plant and deep water...

2011-02-16 15:38:00

PHOENIX, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonanza Goldfields Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: BONZ) ("Bonanza" or the "Company"), an exploration and mining company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona announces the successful financing and purchase of the Hull Placer Load and Tarantula claims, adjacent to the world famous, historic Congress Mine, Congress, Arizona. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101209/LA15018LOGO) Purchase includes the option to purchase six additional adjacent and...

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2010-11-09 06:25:00

British scientists have incorporated tarantulas into their study of how the human brain responds to fear based on proximity, direction and how scary people expect something to be. Researchers from the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England asked 20 volunteers to lie inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. The scientists had each person view a screen showing a tarantula crawling closer...and...closer to the participant's feet. As the arachnid got...

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2010-01-01 14:15:00

The owner of a pet tarantula in England recently got an unpleasant surprise after cleaning out the cage of his eight-legged companion. After suffering from a severe eye inflammation for more than three weeks, the man went to a local clinic to have it checked out.  Upon examination, doctors told him that he appeared to have tiny hairs protruding from his eyeball "” at which point the man recalled that his pet arachnid had sprayed his face with a barrage of tiny hairs when he had...

2009-05-08 10:14:59

A pest control expert is dismissing reports that the Australian outback town of Bowen has been overrun by scores of huge eastern tarantulas. Newspaper stories of an out-of-control spider problem are hurting business in a spot made famous by Baz Luhrmann's $130 million film Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, The Brisbane Times reported Friday. Reports that large and deadly creepy crawlies have taken over Bowen first surfaced in The Times of London and were picked up by other...


Latest Tarantula Reference Libraries

Singapore Blue, Lampropelma violaceopes
2014-09-22 17:06:17

The Singapore Blue (Lampropelma violaceopes) is a large tree-dwelling species of tarantula from Malaysia and Singapore. These spiders have been known to grow in excess of nine inches across. The body is a very colorful blue with brown or gold colored carapace. The male equivalent is normally not as vibrant. The diet is made up primarily of beetles, cockroaches, crickets, pinky mice, birds, and other small animals. During feeding, the abdomen will often increase in size two-fold. Image...

Togo Starburst, Heteroscodra maculata
2014-09-22 17:03:43

The Togo Starburst (Heteroscodra maculata), known also as the Ornamental Baboon, is an Old World species of tarantula which was initially described in 1899 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is native to West Africa and is found mostly in Togo and Ghana. These tarantulas can reach their full size after about three years. When they are fully grown, they can reach leg spans of up to five inches. They are characterized by their chalky white coloration with mottled black and brown...

Texas Tan Tarantula, Aphonopelma anax
2014-09-22 16:22:24

Texas Tan Tarantulas (Aphonopelma anax) is a species of spider belonging to the family Theraphosidae. The spider is very desirable as a pet because of its docile nature. Like most Aphonopelma species, it has a very slow rate of growing. It is one of the largest tarantulas found in the United States, as it commonly reaches a leg span of five inches at full maturity, and sometimes reaches six inches. It is similar in coloration to Aphonopelma hentzi, but considerably darker. It can be found...

Western Desert Tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes
2014-09-22 16:18:33

The Western Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes), known also as the Arizona Blond Tarantula or the Mexican Blond Tarantula, is a species of spider belonging to the family Theraphosidae. It has a limited distribution within the deserts of Arizona and adjacent parts of Mexico but can be very common within this range. The common name “blond tarantula” is in reference to the carapace, which is densely covered in pale hairs and contrasts strongly with the all-dark colored legs and abdomen....

Texas Brown Tarantula, Aphonopelma hentzi
2014-09-22 16:02:39

The Texas Brown Tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi), known also as the Oklahoma Brown Tarantula or the Missouri Tarantula, is one of the most common species of tarantula thriving in the southern-most United States today. Texas Browns can grow to be over four inches in legspan, and weigh more than three ounces as adults. The body is a dark brown color. The shades may vary between individual tarantulas and is more distinct after moult. Female individuals can lay up to 1,000 eggs. The eggs are...

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cacodemon
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