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Largest Web-Spinning Spider Found
nationalgeographic ^ | October 21, 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore

Posted on 10/26/2009 1:23:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Meet the newest odd couple of the animal kingdom: the giant female and tiny male of the largest web-spinning spider known to science: Nephila komaci.

The female of the species has a leg span of up to 5 inches (12 centimeters), while the male—which spends much of its time clambering on its partner's back—barely reaches an inch (2.5 centimeters), a new study says.Part of a well-known group of golden orb-weaver spiders—which can spin webs up to three feet (one meter) wide—N. komaci was first identified in a South African museum collection in 2000.

But it wasn't until a 2007 field survey, which discovered three individuals in South Africa's Tembe Elephant Park, that scientists knew the spider still existed in the wild.

The newfound spider, detailed October 20 in the journal PLoS One, is the first addition to the Nephila genus since 1879.

Largest Web-Spinner a Rarity

N. komaci is likely rare within its small habitats in South Africa and Madagascar, researchers say, and females are much less common than males.

Much is still unknown about the species' biology, but study co-author and spider expert Jonathan Coddington suspects the female evolved her extreme size to thwart smaller predators and to be able to lay more eggs....


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: jpb; spider

The golden orb-weaver spider Nephila inaurata lies in wait on a web more than three feet (a meter) wide on the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues in an undated picture. A related, newfound species, Nephila komaci, is now the largest web-spinning spider known to science, researchers said in October 2009.Photograph by M. Kuntner


1 posted on 10/26/2009 1:23:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Ewwww.... and I’m not talking about the spider.


2 posted on 10/26/2009 1:25:00 PM PDT by madison10
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To: JoeProBono

Oh, thought this was about Soros/


3 posted on 10/26/2009 1:25:37 PM PDT by supremedoctrine ( A, you're a-dor-a-ble, -------B, you're bus-ted.........)
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To: JoeProBono

Early ancestor of Shelub.


4 posted on 10/26/2009 1:26:42 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: JoeProBono

ANyone who’s interested enough in this thread to look at it, might also, be interested in seeing one of the best films of the last decade, David Cronenberg’s SPIDER, with Ralph Fiennes. SEE IT!


5 posted on 10/26/2009 1:28:42 PM PDT by supremedoctrine ( A, you're a-dor-a-ble, -------B, you're bus-ted.........)
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To: madison10; JoeProBono

I dunno...after too much Jägermeister and beer celebrating the end of a two week wilderness camping trip sans female companionship she might have some appeal.


6 posted on 10/26/2009 1:29:15 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: JoeProBono
NOT GUILTY

7 posted on 10/26/2009 1:29:23 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: JoeProBono

yuck! yuck! yuck!

cut that out

yuck


8 posted on 10/26/2009 1:31:53 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: JoeProBono; Lazamataz

Funny but I bet Laz would hit it.


9 posted on 10/26/2009 1:33:09 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (If Clinton was the first black president then Obama is the first black Jesus.)
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To: supremedoctrine

What a combination. I’ll check it out, thanks!


10 posted on 10/26/2009 1:35:57 PM PDT by FreeManWhoCan ("By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.")
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To: Rightly Biased
Funny but I bet Laz would hit it.

The spider or the woman?

11 posted on 10/26/2009 1:36:20 PM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds... in becoming a one term president.)
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To: JoeProBono

God’ll get you for that. :)


12 posted on 10/26/2009 1:37:06 PM PDT by RingerSIX
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To: techcor
The spider or the woman?

Yeah.
13 posted on 10/26/2009 1:37:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: techcor

In the dictionary after redundant it says see redundant.


14 posted on 10/26/2009 1:39:54 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (If Clinton was the first black president then Obama is the first black Jesus.)
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To: madison10

Oh the splendid creations of he almighty...

Nothing could have evolved to something as perfect as the third picture.

Only a creator ( with a great sense of humor) could have done that.


15 posted on 10/26/2009 1:40:24 PM PDT by ENGELK (Ezekiel 23:20)
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To: supremedoctrine

16 posted on 10/26/2009 1:41:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom

Spider ping


17 posted on 10/26/2009 1:44:01 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Rightly Biased
I'd hit it.


18 posted on 10/26/2009 1:46:35 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: techcor
The spider I'd hit with a newspaper.

The chick, I'd just hit.

19 posted on 10/26/2009 1:48:01 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: JoeProBono

Hey!

I think we have that same spider in eastern NC! Shudder. I was out chasing guinea hens with a flashlight—don’t ask—and almost ran into the web. The spider was as big as my hand, the color of a spotted crab, and the web was tent sized. More shudders.

The guineas are on their own from now on.


20 posted on 10/26/2009 1:53:46 PM PDT by gardengirl
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To: Lazamataz

Oh, I’ve found worse in my bed after a drunken night. I have no idea how she got there though, the one I remember was much nicer. Obviously, someone switched ladies on me in the middle of the night. It was a conspiracy I tell you!


21 posted on 10/26/2009 1:55:30 PM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: JoeProBono

I recommend reading the article. These spiders have some unusual mating habits.


22 posted on 10/26/2009 2:00:00 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: gardengirl

23 posted on 10/26/2009 2:00:19 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Lazamataz

24 posted on 10/26/2009 2:04:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Do I even need to write it?


25 posted on 10/26/2009 2:05:14 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: goat granny

26 posted on 10/26/2009 2:07:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

27 posted on 10/26/2009 2:13:12 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: BigEdLB


28 posted on 10/26/2009 2:14:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Kill it with fire....The spider not the spider woman.


29 posted on 10/26/2009 2:28:00 PM PDT by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: Hacklehead

Yikes! Unusual is one word for it... Brings to mind Jeff Goldblum’s line in The Fly, something about “insect politics”.... Shudder.

And when I came across this - “(Watch a video of the world’s largest spider.)” I couldn’t help saying aloud - “No thanks.”

Twas was born in Hawaii, (and yes, I do have MY birth certificate ; ), and my dear sweet ol’ madre said my somewhat controlled fear of spiders probably came from her putting me out on a blanket in the yard, with the banana spiders chilling overhead : o

Tatt


30 posted on 10/26/2009 2:43:31 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: JoeProBono

31 posted on 10/26/2009 2:58:18 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Jimmy Carter - now the second worst POTUS ever. BHO [the LIAR] has #1 spot in his sights.)
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To: Lazamataz

I knew you would...


32 posted on 10/26/2009 3:19:32 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (If Clinton was the first black president then Obama is the first black Jesus.)
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To: JoeProBono
Photobucket
33 posted on 10/26/2009 3:22:08 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: JoeProBono

Millions of them. Billions! You never know just how many spiderwebs/spiders are truly out there until you see them dew-spangled, hanging everywhere like pieces of net flung over a fence. Wait...they are nets. LOL


34 posted on 10/26/2009 5:37:32 PM PDT by gardengirl
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