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(Mother Nature Network)   A new species of spiders that create trapdoors to catch their prey is discovered in: A) the Amazon, B) the Congo, or C) Auburn University   (mnn.com) divider line 31
    More: Scary, animal research, Auburn University, orb-weaving spiders, college town, species  
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10338 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 May 2012 at 9:23 AM (3 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-05-10 09:06:39 AM  
The key differences were primarily related to differences in the male genitalia, modifications of the male copulatory device (the pedipalp), often used to distinguish among spider species

Those of you looking for careers may want to consider:

1. Many entomologists* spend their professional lives staring at sex organs. Some keep doing so after official retirement.

2. The pedipalp is a modified hand which the male uses to grab a wad of semen and jam it into the female's genital opening. I bet there's a video on YouTube. If not, you could make one as part of your research.

*In the broad sense including those who study arachnids.
 
2012-05-10 09:25:58 AM  
Reason #9,876 to never go to Alabama
 
2012-05-10 09:27:34 AM  
Maybe that's what Cam Newton was throwing the laptop at.
 
2012-05-10 09:29:28 AM  
C?
/chicken dinner
 
2012-05-10 09:31:16 AM  
Looks just like the ones that live in the mulch under my rosebushes.

In Colorado.
 
2012-05-10 09:34:22 AM  
The laptop throwing incident happened in Florida.


And good to see non football-related Auburn news.
 
2012-05-10 09:34:42 AM  
Difficulty: susceptible to tides
 
2012-05-10 09:34:50 AM  
ARACHNOPHOBIA THREAD
 
2012-05-10 09:35:02 AM  

Stabone33: Looks just like the ones that live in the mulch under my rosebushes.

In Colorado.


Did you check it's penis? The article says to check its penis.
 
2012-05-10 09:35:44 AM  

thecpt: Stabone33: Looks just like the ones that live in the mulch under my rosebushes.

In Colorado.

Did you check it's penis? The article says to check its penis.


you'll need a tiny sharpie for that!
 
2012-05-10 09:39:51 AM  
ih2.redbubble.net

Jumping Spiders just want to be your friend!
 
2012-05-10 09:42:15 AM  

ZAZ: The key differences were primarily related to differences in the male genitalia, modifications of the male copulatory device (the pedipalp), often used to distinguish among spider species

Those of you looking for careers may want to consider:

1. Many entomologists* spend their professional lives staring at sex organs. Some keep doing so after official retirement.

2. The pedipalp is a modified hand which the male uses to grab a wad of semen and jam it into the female's genital opening. I bet there's a video on YouTube. If not, you could make one as part of your research.

*In the broad sense including those who study arachnids.


Oh so that is why they are called trap door spiders.
 
2012-05-10 09:44:42 AM  
They didn't name it "Myrmekiaphila IsweartoJesuswehatethecrimsontidicus"?
 
2012-05-10 09:48:36 AM  
Weird, when I built a secret lair under a girls dorm at a college in the south, with a trap door to pull in those who walk across it, they called me "sexual predator" not "new species of spider".
 
2012-05-10 09:52:15 AM  
Stabone33: Looks just like the ones that live in the mulch under my rosebushes.

In Colorado.

Did you check it's penis? The article says to check its penis.


Ehhhrrmm....no. I'll leave them right where they are, thank you.
 
2012-05-10 10:13:57 AM  
Forget those scary ugly spiders!

insects.tamu.edu

Hug me!
 
2012-05-10 10:48:06 AM  
www.naturephoto-cz.com

Hugs!
 
2012-05-10 10:51:35 AM  

Stabone33: Looks just like the ones that live in the mulch under my rosebushes.

In Colorado.


Perhaps, but did you check their genitals?
 
2012-05-10 10:52:35 AM  

thecpt: Stabone33: Looks just like the ones that live in the mulch under my rosebushes.

In Colorado.

Did you check it's penis? The article says to check its penis.


dammit!!
 
2012-05-10 10:57:09 AM  
If it's a new species how do they know it has a 15-20 year life span? And that males are not sexually mature until 5-6 years?
 
2012-05-10 11:25:58 AM  

simon_bar_sinister: If it's a new species how do they know it has a 15-20 year life span? And that males are not sexually mature until 5-6 years?


Because the engineers in Auburn (bio or otherwise) are just that damn good. War Eagle!
 
2012-05-10 11:50:39 AM  
Note to scientists: We have enough spiders on this planet. You can stop finding new ones now.
 
2012-05-10 12:12:49 PM  
Whoo hoo, spider thread!!

i301.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-10 12:20:09 PM  
Pffft, trapdoor spider. I'll be impressed when I see a sliding bookcase spider or a spinning fireplace spider.
 
2012-05-10 12:37:14 PM  
Trapdoor spider is watching you poop.
 
2012-05-10 01:36:40 PM  
gifstumblr.com

/oblig
 
2012-05-10 01:38:12 PM  

simon_bar_sinister: If it's a new species how do they know it has a 15-20 year life span? And that males are not sexually mature until 5-6 years?


Count the rings?
 
2012-05-10 02:19:34 PM  

Gilligann: simon_bar_sinister: If it's a new species how do they know it has a 15-20 year life span? And that males are not sexually mature until 5-6 years?

Count the rings?


You might be right that works with trees tigers and egyptian mummies.
 
2012-05-10 03:23:44 PM  
Pucker factor: 11
 
2012-05-11 05:43:35 AM  
FTA: Females are much more secretive, and longer-lived, spending their 15- to 20-year lives in their burrows, which are often more intricate with side chambers equipped with additional underground trap doors.

Woah.
 
2012-05-11 05:50:03 AM  

simon_bar_sinister: If it's a new species how do they know it has a 15-20 year life span? And that males are not sexually mature until 5-6 years?


They thought the spider was the same as existing spiders, until they did DNA test. My guess is that they have been observing this species for a while but never had proof?

Or that it operates like other trapdoor spiders. The difference is purely in the DNA/the shape of the male's wang. It may very well be the same habits otherwise.
 
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