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Bird poo spider fires up Hilton

… species also spins a web around its resting place so it looks like splatter from the dropping. After discovering the new species in 2006, Roff went through the ­process of naming the spider and publishing his research on the spider in the African invertebrates scientific journal. The species is the 13th spider of the Pasilobus species. The spider has an unusual diet, feeding only on male moths which it attracts by releasing a scent similar to that of a female moth. When the male moth …

Antarctic creatures found on Niwa trip | Stuff.co.nz

… ugly-looking fish.” “Even though we only got two of them, it’s quite possible they’re new species. They’re just so bizarre and rare.” One of the most interesting-looking “ooglies” was a giant amphipod, invertebrates scientist Owen Anderson said. “Giantism is a bit of a theme in the deep sea in Antarctic waters … They’re scavengers, so if something dies, these things come around in vast numbers.” Along with giant jellyfish, …

New Glowing Millipede Found; Shows How Bioluminescence Evolved

By Carrie Arnold, National Geographic | May 4, 2015 In California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains (map) live a group of blind millipedes that glow in the dark—and now scientists have cracked the mystery of how their brightness evolved, a new study says. Unlike fireflies, whose gleam emanates from a specialized organ on its abdomen, millipedes in the Motyxia genus give off a teal hue. These invertebrates have a special type of protein that allows them to produce light from beneath the tough …

How human land use is changing the number of species in ecosystems | Ars Technica

… ecology studies of over 11,000 sites around the world, including observations of almost 27,000 species—vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. The goal? To find ecological communities living on lands with varying human impact and see how they’re doing. Unsurprisingly, croplands, pasture, and urban lands were associated with fewer species, fewer organisms, and smaller organisms than undisturbed areas. Agricultural lands, for example, hosted 20 to 40 percent fewer species, on average. On …

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