Arachnids

New Aussie spider’s terrifying skills

New Aussie spider’s terrifying skills

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species March 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

Australian researchers have named it Dolomedes briangreenei, or Brian for short.  This type of water spider waits on the surface until an insect, small fish, or tadpole comes near. The spider races to grab its quarry and then drags it to the shore to devour it.

Eight New Whip Spider Species Found in Brazil

Eight New Whip Spider Species Found in Brazil

Arachnids, New Species February 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Eight new whip spider species have been found in the Brazilian Amazon, almost doubling the number of known charinid whip spider species in Brazil, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.  Scientists have thought the Amazon may be home to diverse whip spider species, but few have been described. The authors of this paper describe eight new species from the genus Charinus from the Brazilian Amazon: C. bichuetteae, C. bonaldoi, C. carajas, C. ferreus, C. guto, C. orientalis, C. brescoviti, and C. ricardoi. PLOS ONE

Pop star species from the Johnny Cash spider to the Beyoncé horsefly

Pop star species from the Johnny Cash spider to the Beyoncé horsefly

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species February 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Scientists have just named a new species of tarantula after Johnny Cash. What other pop legends have received similar taxonomic treatment?  

14 New Species of Tarantula.  One dressed in black, found near Folsom Prison named for Johnny Cash.

14 New Species of Tarantula. One dressed in black, found near Folsom Prison named for Johnny Cash.

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species February 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

A challenging, years-long survey has uncovered 14 new species of tarantula, including one named after Johnny Cash. National Geographic. Photography by Dr. Chris A Hamilton.  

Large New Species of Harvestman from Oregon Only the Second in Its Genus

Large New Species of Harvestman from Oregon Only the Second in Its Genus

Arachnids, New Species January 26, 2016 at 12:00 am

Harvestmen are arachnids that are often mistaken for spiders. However, they are not even in the same order – spiders belong to Araneae, while harvestmen belong to Opiliones. In the U.S., harvestmen are often called ”daddy-longlegs” and are sometimes mistaken for cellar spiders in the family Pholcidae. A newly discovered species, however, does not resemble the thin-legged harvestmen that most people see. Known as Cryptomaster behemoth, it belongs to the suborder Laniatores, members of which are characterized by having relatively short legs.

New Spider Species Found, Plays Peekaboo to Attract Mates

New Spider Species Found, Plays Peekaboo to Attract Mates

Arachnids, New Species January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

The newly discovered jumping spider of Australia is “the most amazing one I’ve seen,” expert says.  See video of the spider’s unsual paddle-waving to interest its mate.  

New Arachnid Named for Lord of the Rings Character

New Arachnid Named for Lord of the Rings Character

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species November 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New species of spider discovered at Asola Bhatti Sanctu…

New species of spider discovered at Asola Bhatti Sanctu…

Arachnids, New Species October 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Four new species of huntsman spiders have been discover…

Four new species of huntsman spiders have been discover…

Arachnids, New Species September 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Venomous, Tree-Dwelling Spiders Surprise Scientists

Venomous, Tree-Dwelling Spiders Surprise Scientists

Arachnids, New Species September 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found in Austral…

Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found in Austral…

Arachnids, New Species September 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Flying Spiders Found and They Can Steer in Mid-Air

Flying Spiders Found and They Can Steer in Mid-Air

Arachnids, New Species August 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New Scorpion Species Discovered from Kerala

New Scorpion Species Discovered from Kerala

Arachnids, New Species August 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New species of spider found in Delhi sanctuary : Mail T…

New species of spider found in Delhi sanctuary : Mail T…

Arachnids, New Species August 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Team of researchers discovers new species of spider

Team of researchers discovers new species of spider

Arachnids, New Species August 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New spider species found on Cape York

New spider species found on Cape York

Arachnids, New Species July 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Adorable New Species Of Peacock Spider Discovered

Adorable New Species Of Peacock Spider Discovered

Arachnids, New Species July 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Description of a novel mating plug mechanism in spiders…

Description of a novel mating plug mechanism in spiders…

Arachnids, New Species June 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

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From Darwin to moramora (‘take it easy’): Ten new subso…

From Darwin to moramora (‘take it easy’): Ten new subso…

Arachnids, New Species June 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Seven new species of Australian spider discovered

Seven new species of Australian spider discovered

Arachnids, New Species June 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

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