Oct 06 2012

Anti-Caturday Post

Behold, the awesome Amblypygids! It’s a whole gallery of lovely photos of these harmless little arthropods that will have you cooing over their cuteness.


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    The molting whipscorpion really reminds me of Babylon Five’s shadow warships.

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    Keith Peterson


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    Goddammit, I was about to go to bed, now I’ll have nightmares!

    I thought the moulting one looked like those “alien” facehugger things.

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    mmmmm, chelicerates.

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    That brings back memories of the time I touched a spider with a stick, and like a 1000 baby spiders scurried off. [shudder]

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    mmmmm, chelicerates.

    or at least chelicerae?

    to be distinguished from the perhaps much more tasty chelae?

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    Fascinating little animal, can’t exactly call it “cute” though.

    I am not phobic of arthropods, but still my initial instinctive reaction with these would be to keep a little distance.

    Jumping spiders I do find cute and funny. Perhaps because of the cartoonish big eyes in proportion to their bodies. Also because the ones I usually encounter are so tiny overall as to be completely non-threatening.

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    Fizzing thru da Fizzics

    OT but PZ, have you seen this? Octopi rule!!

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    blogofmyself, writer of papers

    Those things are so cool. I’ve always wanted to see one in real life, but I don’t think I’ve ever lived anywhere within their natural range. Can you imagine just walking outside and flipping over a rock or something and suddenly there’s a tailless whipscorpion just hanging out? That would be simultaneously amazing and terrifying.
    When I was little my mom was a biologist (she later switched to teaching). She studied spiders, so I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for arachnids.

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    Lurkeressa, Always Late to Juicy Threads

    Awww… arachnid babies. So much more agreeable than human ones, at least when it comes to noise.

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    Is it wrong that I think they look like delicious candy?

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    Very, very cool.

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    Is it wrong that I think they look like delicious candy?

    like Popplers?

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    D: I took a look at the site and all I can say is: holy crap, it’s the animal on which Prof. Moody demonstrated the Unforgivable curses at Hogwarts. Those freaking things are real?!

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