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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...

2009-02-23 10:05:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- New shades of wild, in the form of a Blue Tongued Skink and a Pink Toed Tarantula, will be previewed at Aquarium of the Bay's "Wild Colors: Invasion of the Land Animals" event on Saturday, February 28 from 1-3pm. Led by the Aquarium's Husbandry and Conservation departments, "Wild Colors" is part of a series of public events providing sneak peeks into the Aquarium's much-anticipated new exhibits, which will open April 4, 2009. The Blue Tongued Skink, of...


Latest Tarantula Reference Libraries

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....

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...

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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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