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Seven new species of spiders discovered; named after Harry Potter, GoT characters

Two species are named after spider characters from the classic works by J R R Tolkien.

Jan 15, 2018, 16:04 PM IST

Scientists name new spider species after Bob Marley

In 2009, the sea along the coastline of Queensland in Australia receded to such an extent that it exposed a population of spiders.

Dec 25, 2017, 17:48 PM IST

We are born with the fear of snakes and spiders, says study

Researchers conclude that fear of snakes and spiders is of evolutionary origin.

Oct 24, 2017, 18:47 PM IST

New 'smiley-faced' spider species discovered; named after Obamas, Leo DiCaprio

The team was able to identify and formally describe fifteen new species.

Sep 27, 2017, 16:21 PM IST

Two new species of spider found in Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony

This is for the first time that a jumping spider of an African genus is being reported from Mumbai.

Sep 08, 2017, 19:05 PM IST

Newly discovered spider species has found a namesake in a Harry Potter character! - Read

The newfound wolf spider crab species has a one inch long body (excluding the legs), with two black and three white stripes of setae, or hairs, on its upper body.

Jul 09, 2017, 15:54 PM IST

Arachnid alert: Last seen 122 years ago in Burma, rare jumping spider makes an appearance in Mumbai!

Jumping spiders form 13% of the global spider diversity and family Salticidae, under which they are classified, is the largest family of spiders.

May 30, 2017, 23:59 PM IST

Researchers identify new species of cave-dwelling spiders!

Califorctenus cacachilensis is in the same group of spiders (Family Ctenidae) as the notoriously highly venomous Brazilian wandering spider.

Apr 13, 2017, 20:48 PM IST

Arachnid population increases as scientists discover 50 new species of spiders in Australia!

The research expedition was conducted on Quinkan country, near Cooktown, which is currently being considered for national heritage listing.

Apr 11, 2017, 20:10 PM IST

Spiders beat humans, whales by consuming upto 800 million tones of prey each year

Researchers have revealed that spiders wipe out an estimated 400-800 million tonnes of prey every year, compared to an estimated 280-500 million tonnes of prey that the world's whales eat.

Mar 15, 2017, 12:14 PM IST

NASA orbiter detects small troughs growing on Mars which may become 'spiders'

Using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data, researchers have detected cumulative growth of erosion-carved troughs that may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders".

Dec 22, 2016, 02:39 AM IST

Your arachnophobia may just rise a notch: Seven new species of Peacock spiders discovered!

For most people out there, more species of spiders is not exactly a piece of information that needs celebration, but the scientists are elated!

Oct 03, 2016, 19:20 PM IST

'Spiders' spotted on Mars?

Recently, a shape similar to spiders has been spotted on the surface of the Red Planet when NASA spacecraft captured an incredibly close-up image.

Jan 14, 2016, 13:16 PM IST

Six new species of spiders found in Kerala yet again

Six new spider species have been discovered in Kerala as a result of research conducted by Biodiversity Research Centre of Christ College, Irinjalakuda. These new species have been spotted at Harithavanam located near the banks of the Aluva Sivarathri manappuram.

Jul 27, 2015, 09:38 AM IST

New Zealand dumps Mexican grapes for spider scare

New Zealand supermarket chains were pulling Mexican grapes from shelves after the discovery of ten venomous spiders till Wednesday, said a media report.

Jul 08, 2015, 12:23 PM IST

Spiders sprayed with carbon nanotubes spin superstrong webs

Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced fibres that are tougher than anything ever measured, scientists say.

May 10, 2015, 19:44 PM IST

500 million years old brain reveals evolution of head

A new study has identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered - more than 500 million years old - and used it to help determine how heads first evolved in early animals.

May 08, 2015, 13:23 PM IST

Fear of spiders is in our DNA: Study

 A fear of spiders is in our DNA and represents a finely tuned survival instinct, scientists have found.

Apr 05, 2015, 14:42 PM IST

Eight new species of spiders spotted in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Eight new species of spiders were claimed to have been spotted in the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve by researchers at the Centre for Animal Taxonomy and Ecology at the nearby Christ College.

Nov 06, 2014, 13:38 PM IST

City spiders getting bigger, multiplying faster

If you think that the spiders you see in your garden are getting bigger, you are probably right.

Aug 21, 2014, 21:22 PM IST