A new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York offers a close look at a diverse and colorful sample of spiders and scorpions. Among…Read More »
the live spiders in this exhibition is the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world, as well as the brown recluse and the black widow, the two spider species in the United States that are dangerous to people. Other arachnids on display include African whip spiders, vinegaroon, goblin spiders, the Chilean rosehair tarantula and the emperor scorpion. Less «
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Indian ornamental (Poecilotheria regalis) is one of the most popular tarantulas among collectors. Although generally harmless to humans, these tarantulas…Read More »
may bite if they are provoked. Their venom can cause pain and muscle spasms. Less «
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Gooty tarantulas (Poecilotheria metallica) have a bright metallic blue color and are very popular among collectors or pet owners. But they are critically…Read More »
endangered, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature. Less «
This real argiope spider web has been colored and preserved. Its most striking feature, an "X" running through it, is something of a mystery.…Read More »
Many spiders embellish their webs with these designs, called stabilimenta, but the reason is unknown. Scientists think stabilimenta may attract insects by reflecting light, warn birds away, or camouflage the spider from predators. Less «
Southern house spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) is a large charcoal-colored spider that makes flat, tangled webs in dark corners and under overhangs and shutters to catch insects.
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Scientists use a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to view goblin spiders in minute detail, which allows them to define new groups of spiders.
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Bahar Gholipour is a staff reporter for Live Science covering neuroscience, odd medical cases and all things health. She holds a Master of Science degree in neuroscience from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, and has done graduate-level work in science journalism at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has worked as a research assistant at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives at ENS.