Jun 09 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Spidermom, Spidermom, does whatever a spidermom can


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  1. 1
    Johnny Vector

    Salticids! Ooh!

  2. 2

    (continues singing)

    can he walk
    on a wall
    no he can’t
    He’s a pig


  3. 3
    Crimson Clupeidae

    I had a small spider like that wandering around my computer last week. It was really darn cute. I eventually captured it and put it outside.

  4. 4

    I had the most adorable little jumping spider drop onto my glasses at work last week. It dangled from them while I directed it to a somewhat safer place. I was unable to share this with my coworkers because many of them are seriously skeeved by spiders and view a spider dropping onto essentially their face as about the worst thing possible, but it was pretty cool.

  5. 5

    When the picture was just loading and I hadn’t read the text yet I thought it was going to be a squirrel. Don’t you just want to stroke its fur?

  6. 6

    Is that actually a baby spider, or is that just a male behind a female? I thought that spiders mass-babied across the all genera.

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    Die Anyway

    @6 trollofreason, check the HHMI link under the picture for details.

  8. 8

    *The* most adorable thing you have ever posted. Thanks. :)

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    The female will lay 5–13 eggs inside a small, silken egg sac.

    that’s actually pretty interesting. IIRC, most spiders lean towards the “r” end of the spectrum, producing large (hundreds or even thousands) of small eggs and trying for survival through sheer numbers.

    this species seems to have gone almost all the way to the opposite end of the spectrum, producing few, much larger young.

    would make for an interesting thesis to compare the two strategies and elucidate what the different environmental variables are that encourage one strategy over the other. Especially if both types of strategies occur in the same geographic areas.

    probably start here:


  10. 10

    That IS pretty interesting, actually. I’m both not surprised and highly amused by this spider, and her relatively unique reproduction strategy, comes from Australia.

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