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Giant orb web spinning spider

Updated on : 24th Oct 2009 10:44 p.m IST.

Famous biologist Maatjaz kuntner from the Slovenian academy of science along with his colleague Jonathan Coddington have discovered the giant orb web spinning spider in Africa and in Madagascar.

The spider is about the size of a DVD and the newly discovered spider is the largest web spinning spider in the web spinner class.

The researchers say that the male spider is found to the size of a normal spider and the females are found to big in their size. The females are the largest one with a leg span of about 4.7 inches. And they have the capacity to spin the webs that can reach up to 1m in diameter.

Herbivorous spider

Updated on : 19th Oct 2009 01:28 p.m IST.

American scientists have found a new species of spider that feeds on plants. This herbivorous spider is named as Bagheera kiplingi. These spiders are found in Central America and southern Mexico

The researches say that these spiders have unusual eating habits. The spiders seems to feed on acacia shrubs mainly. They have the ability to eat the nectar and leaf tip of the plants. The plants that are eaten by these spiders are found only in Mexico. And they can even feed on animal foods like ant larvae

This eight leg vegetarian spider is about the size of the persons nail. And this is the first spider species found that feed on plants and take plants as their primary source

These herbivorous spiders are found to spend their whole life in acacia shrubs and they built their nest at the end of the older acacia leaves. These spiders use their silk droplines for hunting and to guard themselves from the ants that protect the acacia shrubs

Bird-eating fanged frog

Updated on : 30th Sep 2009 12:17 p.m IST.

Scientific name: Limnonectes megastomias

A frog that eats bird has been discovered in the greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia. It seems to be aquatic one

The frog has a large head and engorged fangs within its mouth. The male frogs appear to be bigger than the female ones. The head of the male frogs grow bigger than the females and the body remains the same size of the female. The head continues to grow making it look bigger than the female

The male frogs have large mouth with powerful jaws. These frogs are found at an altitude of 600 - 1500 m. These frogs feed on insects, birds and even on other frogs

This opportunistic eater frog lies in the streams waiting for its prey. Bird eating frogs are found in 3 remote forest areas in Thailand

Crawling fish

Updated on : 23rd Sep 2009 01:39 p.m IST.

Off the coast of Indonesia a new fish species has been discovered that is seem to be crawling than swimming. Fish experts from university of Washington have discovered this new species that has the ability to crawl even into the cervices. This fish is belongs to the anglerfish family. The anglerfishes are said to be famous for their lure but this new species does not posses the lure. The anglerfish uses their lure to attack the prey. Instead they have some thing which appears to be creepier. The new species has a flattened face with the eyes directed forward.

The fish ha a pectoral fin which they use for crawling. They also have the capacity to see the same way as humans. The fish has zebra stripings in its body which is peach in color. The skin of the fish is folded like ripples and is soft and slippery which helps the fish to hold tightly to the crevices of the coral reefs.

New snail species - Opisthostoma Vermiculum

Updated on : 31st Aug 2009 03:16 p.m IST.

Scientist discovered a snail that has a peculiar coiled shell. It was about 1 mm and size of a one cent coin. The snail shell is 1.5 mm high and 9 mm wide. The scientist first thought it was a mutant. When they compared it with other 38 species they confirmed that it was Opisthostoma Vermiculum a new species.

This species is an infinitesimal land snail with an operculum, and a terrestrial gastropod mollusk. It belongs to the family Diplommatinidae. And it is found only on the limestone karsts.

Opisthostoma posses four different coiling axes and this is the first snail that has a shell which shows four marked coiling axes. To proceed without any support the body whorls of the shell thrice detach and twice reattached. In addition to the primary teleoconch axis the detached whorls coil around three secondary axes.

This species is selected as one of the top 10 new species of 2008 by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an International Committee of Taxonomists.

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