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(Mongabay)   Newly discovered "velociraptor spider" is so distinctive, biologists have created a new taxonomic family for it. In other news, the spelunking tourism industry in Oregon has reported a 47% drop in business in the last week   (news.mongabay.com) divider line 125
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2012-08-17 08:39:29 PM
Scouring the caves of Southwest Oregon, scientists have made the incredible discovery of a fearsome apex predator with massive, sickle claws. No, it's not the Velociraptor from Jurassic Park: it's a large spider that is so unique scientists were forced to create a new taxonomic family for it.

Define 'large'.

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2012-08-17 08:56:49 PM
KILL IT WITH EVERYTHING!!!!
 
2012-08-17 09:10:30 PM
Between that and Cthulhu, I'll take Cthulhu.
 
2012-08-17 09:31:07 PM

Nadie_AZ: Scouring the caves of Southwest Oregon, scientists have made the incredible discovery of a fearsome apex predator with massive, sickle claws. No, it's not the Velociraptor from Jurassic Park: it's a large spider that is so unique scientists were forced to create a new taxonomic family for it.

Define 'large'.

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Please do, someone?
{ Spanning four centimeters with extended limbs, }
What is that 'bout as big as?
also:
what it eats remains a mystery. In fact, the researchers have tried feeding captured spiders various foods, but to date the arachnids have refused the offerings and perished.

How long has this been going on?
 
2012-08-17 09:56:02 PM
Trogloraptor

TROGLOR!!!

Burninating the countryside
Burninating the peasants
Burninating all the people
And their thatched-roof cottages
THATCHED-ROOF COTTAGES!
 
2012-08-17 10:27:35 PM
SHOOT HER!
 
2012-08-17 10:35:01 PM
So very cool. An old family finally brought to light newly discovered.

Yeah, looks like a born killer.

+1
 
2012-08-18 12:32:57 AM

Walker: KILL IT WITH EVERYTHING!!!!


Amen. On that note, I'm goin' to bed. Consider me creeped out.
 
2012-08-18 12:34:33 AM
It doesn't want to kill you. It just wants to drag its abdomen across your lips as you sleep.
 
2012-08-18 12:34:36 AM
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
 
2012-08-18 12:35:28 AM
www.hugefrigginarms.com
 
2012-08-18 12:38:42 AM
This is a stupendous month for spider science. Didn't they find a new kind of huntsman spider with no eyes in Laos like last week?
 
2012-08-18 12:39:31 AM
I found the penis snake link at the bottom of the link to be waaaaay less sexy than I had hoped. D:
 
2012-08-18 12:40:23 AM
BURN IT!!!! KILL IT!!! I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE ECOSYSTEM THERE'S NOW A THOUSAND INVISIBLE SPIDERS CRAWLING ALL OVER ME FROM LOOKING AT IT AAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHH
 
2012-08-18 12:41:52 AM
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Clever girl
 
2012-08-18 12:42:51 AM
slices-of-life.com 

yes. he did.
 
2012-08-18 12:43:24 AM
In before someone whines about spelunking being the wrong word for caving without realizing they sound like trekkies vs trekkers.
 
2012-08-18 12:44:31 AM
What are those sac-like thingamajigs on it's foremost appendages? And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?
 
2012-08-18 12:44:49 AM
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The claws remind me of moth antennae, for whatever reason. Might be the angle.

Cool spider. Hope they figure out what the species eats, though. Poor things, starving in captivity...
 
2012-08-18 12:45:34 AM

reklamfox: This is a stupendous month for spider science. Didn't they find a new kind of huntsman spider with no eyes in Laos like last week?


The eyes are there, just a little squinty.

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2012-08-18 12:46:57 AM
In fact, the researchers have tried feeding captured spiders various foods, but to date the arachnids have refused the offerings and perished.

They should rename it the BobbySandsoraptor.
 
2012-08-18 12:48:07 AM
"large"..."apex predator"...
IT'S 4 CENTIMETERS FROM LEGTIP TO LEGTIP!!!
LESS THAN TWO INCHES!!!

Yes, this is a creepy looking thing, but..."large"???
 
2012-08-18 12:49:09 AM

Feral_and_Preposterous: What are those sac-like thingamajigs on it's foremost appendages? And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?


I think those are pedipalps. (Not claws. My bad. It's late, okay?) No idea about the sacs, though. oO
 
2012-08-18 12:49:43 AM
Let's not say a whole lot about it and let some journalists with an IQ of 80 dub it "Velociraptor spider" and see where things go.
 
2012-08-18 12:50:02 AM

Feral_and_Preposterous: What are those sac-like thingamajigs on it's foremost appendages? And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?


That's what it used to inject its eggs under your skin, just like in that movie, the Believers
 
2012-08-18 12:50:25 AM
Kill it! Kill it with shoes!
 
2012-08-18 12:52:04 AM

Feral_and_Preposterous: What are those sac-like thingamajigs on it's foremost appendages? And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?


Pedipalps
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedipalp
 
2012-08-18 12:52:59 AM
Four centimeters, not even two inches, as far as spider sizes go, no big deal.
 
2012-08-18 12:53:00 AM

danielscissorhands: In fact, the researchers have tried feeding captured spiders various foods, but to date the arachnids have refused the offerings and perished.

They should rename it the BobbySandsoraptor.


Maybe they should try feeding it HUMAN MEAT.
 
2012-08-18 12:54:06 AM

Canton: Feral_and_Preposterous: What are those sac-like thingamajigs on it's foremost appendages? And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?

I think those are pedipalps. (Not claws. My bad. It's late, okay?) No idea about the sacs, though. oO


Oooo. Mr. Fancy with his hyperlinks and speedy response time.
 
2012-08-18 12:55:13 AM

Head_Shot: danielscissorhands: In fact, the researchers have tried feeding captured spiders various foods, but to date the arachnids have refused the offerings and perished.

They should rename it the BobbySandsoraptor.

Maybe they should try feeding it HUMAN MEAT.


It's from Oregon. A grande latte and some sprouted grains should do it.
 
2012-08-18 12:57:39 AM

wildsnowllama: Canton: Feral_and_Preposterous: What are those sac-like thingamajigs on it's foremost appendages? And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?

I think those are pedipalps. (Not claws. My bad. It's late, okay?) No idea about the sacs, though. oO

Oooo. Mr. Fancy with his hyperlinks and speedy response time.

Ms

. Fancy, if you please. And thank you for confirming, Mr. Biologist, sir!
 
2012-08-18 12:59:11 AM
Looks like a crab to me...
 
2012-08-18 12:59:41 AM

whatshisname: It's from Oregon. A grande latte and some sprouted grains should do it.


It's from Southwest Oregon. It's much more likely to enjoy hay, red meat and gravy.
 
2012-08-18 01:00:03 AM

whatshisname: It's from Oregon. A grande latte and some sprouted grains should do it.


Don't be stupid, they're from SOUTHERN Oregon.

Feed it some meth and some beer, and it will sustain itself for 60 years.
 
2012-08-18 01:00:21 AM
Is it being served on rice?
 
2012-08-18 01:00:36 AM
Usurper4

"large"..."apex predator"...
IT'S 4 CENTIMETERS FROM LEGTIP TO LEGTIP!!!
LESS THAN TWO INCHES!!!

Yes, this is a creepy looking thing, but..."large"???


a2.ec-images.myspacecdn.com

You're right.

Go to sleep.
 
2012-08-18 01:03:24 AM
Something interesting is said on NPR while I drive home.
I get home and think about submitting it as a link.
It's already there.

/yes, everyone's ability to read things sooner trumps my interest in getting some damn links submitted :P
 
2012-08-18 01:03:37 AM
New cave spider discovered in Oregon knows all about the one you squished with your shoe the other day in your bathroom. Because the others in your house were watching and spiders share that sort of thing and you have to sleep sometime...

Nighty night!
 
2012-08-18 01:03:49 AM

Canton: wildsnowllama: Canton: Feral_and_Preposterous: What are those sac-like thingamajigs on it's foremost appendages? And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?

I think those are pedipalps. (Not claws. My bad. It's late, okay?) No idea about the sacs, though. oO

Oooo. Mr. Fancy with his hyperlinks and speedy response time.

Ms. Fancy, if you please. And thank you for confirming, Mr. Biologist, sir!


Damn. Sorry. I was going to do "Mr./Mrs" and "his/her", then I had an editing moment.
 
2012-08-18 01:06:35 AM

wildsnowllama: Damn. Sorry. I was going to do "Mr./Mrs" and "his/her", then I had an editing moment.


Heh. No worries. It's what I get for using a unisex handle. (Editing moments, they happen.)

puffy999: whatshisname: It's from Oregon. A grande latte and some sprouted grains should do it.

Don't be stupid, they're from SOUTHERN Oregon.

Feed it some meth and some beer, and it will sustain itself for 60 years.


Meth! That's what this video is missing!
 
2012-08-18 01:07:39 AM
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O hai, what's shakin' on this thread?
 
2012-08-18 01:07:45 AM

Feral_and_Preposterous: And since spiders only have 8 legs, what are those limbs?


The original arthropod (from which most creepy-crawlies descend) was basically a segmented bugger, with legs on each segment (think centipede/millipede). Mouth parts, antennae, claws, etc. are all re-purposed legs. When we say a spider has eight legs, what we mean is that it has eight appendages that it uses for locomotion. Heck, the fangs of a spider are not teeth like we think of for vertebrates, but basically claws on small legs attached to the head.
 
2012-08-18 01:08:06 AM
Perfect timing, since I'm leaving for a vacation in Oregon tomorrow and we planned on seeing a few caves. It does look a little freaky but considering some of the specimens I've found in my basement and back yard (I'm in Seattle, where the spiders' webs line up from bush to bush like restaurants in the U district) I'm sure I've seen equally large and just as ugly.
 
2012-08-18 01:08:49 AM
hold on to your butts
 
2012-08-18 01:09:20 AM

puffy999: whatshisname: It's from Oregon. A grande latte and some sprouted grains should do it.

Don't be stupid, they're from SOUTHERN Oregon.

Feed it some meth and some beer, and it will sustain itself for 60 years.


As long as the beer is Coors or Bud. It won't tolerate any of that snobby microbrew stuff unless it moves to Ashland.
 
2012-08-18 01:10:32 AM

Pathman: hold on to your butts


AH AH AH! YOU DIDN'T SAY THE MAGIC WORD!
 
2012-08-18 01:11:11 AM
I have the weirdest taste for snow crab now
 
2012-08-18 01:15:39 AM

bugmn99: It doesn't want to kill you. It just wants to drag its abdomen across your lips as you sleep.


I think I'm going to hurl from fear.
 
2012-08-18 01:15:49 AM
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