OH MY FUCK
A new species of Ant-mimic Jumping Spider, discovered on a recent expedition to Mount Kinabalu, in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo, in the Indonesian Archipelago.
(photo by scientistintraining)
This is for Hexpoda, or anyone else that wants to help ID this sucker. My dad caught a spider in a urine collection cup (yes, we have those lying around our house) and put it on my desk and told me to identify it since he paid for me to be a biologist, I’ll just forget to remind him I’m a microbiologist, not an arachnologist.
Arachnaphobes, your nightmare.
Wolf Spider - Ocyale guttata
Itsy bitsy spider…
Came down the daisy petal?
Just for size comparison the spider is less than the width of a push pin. I love this macro lens. I’d have gotten a better focus if I had a tripod set up.
Cropped a bit. Taken July 22nd, 2009 on Denman Island, BC, Canada.
Via TheKoopaBros (me)
Bizarre Assassin Spiders Discovered in Madagascar (2006)
by Blake de Pastino
With its fearsome appearance, poisonous bite, and deadly hunting skill, this newly discovered creature lives up to its name: assassin spider.
Researchers working in Madagascar recently discovered this and eight other species of assassin spiders—a family of arachnids that feast on other eight-leggers—during a four-year survey of the island nation’s forests. Assassin spiders have been known to live in Australia and South Africa. But the new find, made by biologists from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, nearly doubles the number of known species.
What’s more, the scientists say these newfound spiders are exquisitely evolved—if grotesque-looking—killers. The spiders stab their prey with their giant jaws, which are barbed at the ends with venomous fangs. To be able to lift their outsized jaws, the assassins evolved elongated necks, giving the spiders a unique ability to strike from a distance.
But arachnophobes can relax: Assassin spiders are a mere 1/8 of an in (2 mm) long and are harmless to humans.
(via: National Geo) (photo: Jeremy Miller/CAS)