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Biology of Spiders

A wolf spider, for which a resting frequency of 48 beats per minute was measured, increased its heart rate to beats per minute after only 30 seconds of activity Sherman and Pax, The area between the anterior row of eyes and the edge of the cara- pace is called the clypeus. Hemocyanin becomes fully oxygenated, and the oxygen transport capacity of the hemolymph is fully used.

Thus the pharynx acts as a suction pump. From the last ramus transver- salis emerges horizontally the arteria spinalis, which proceeds along the upper side of the subesophageal ganglion.

Spiders with cheliceral teeth mash up their prey so that it can hardly be identified afterward.

In general, spiders with a well-developed tracheal system seem to have greater aerobic capabilities. Each leg receptor is associated with several primary sensory cells, and consequently, sensory nerves are built up by thousands of separate sensory fibers fig. But behavior, psychology and evolution are a few of the sciences I am good at. This is because the adhesive end feet lie on the inside of the scopulate hair and can only make contact when pushed onto a surface fig.


The importance of the book lungs becomes clear after one closes the lung slits with vaseline; after only 2 minutes the animals become severely paralyzed and after several hours most of them are dead Kaestner, Both sides of the cheliceral groove are often armed with cuticular teeth fig.

Most spiders have eight eyes, which are arranged in specific patterns in the various families. Heartbeat frequency has been investigated in many spiders Bristowe, ; Sherman and Pax, a; Carrel and Heathcote, Such is the case for the water spider Argyroneta aquatica Crome, It seems that the two systems, tubular spifers and book lungs, are somewhat complementary: Such a large number of trichobothria and biooogy concentration on the distal leg segments suggest a behavioral significance.

I shall give just one example to show how complex the muscle arrangement can be: Despite their general resemblance to legs, the palps are usually not used for locomotion.

Calcium causes the pain to subside quickly, and the antidote binds to the toxin. Sieve tracheae are delicately branched and arise immediately from the atrium. Wilson, ; Legendre, ; Sherman et al.

Carbon dioxide can pass directly through the abdominal cuticle and into the captive air bubble, thus preventing carbon dioxide poisoning Crome, They are distributed over the entire body surface but are most numerous on the legs. Most likely single slit sensilla on the tarsi elicit an oriented prey-catching behavior, whereas the trichobothria signal only a general alertness.

Mostly the illustrations showed us how the body worked. Twelve abdominal segments can be distinguished. In a tarantula, pres- sures of 40—60 mm of mercury Hg were measured during rest and mm Hg during walking.


The liquefied food is sucked into the direction of the arrow and is filtered in the lateral ridges on both sides of the median groove MG.

Most joints are dicondylous; that Figure 2. After the hemolymph has become oxygenated, it leaves the book lungs laterally and continues upward into another sinus, the lung vein, which then connects with the pericardial sinus. This can be concluded from embryological studies because book lungs are homologous to appendagesand also from the observation that all primitive spiders have only book lungs and no tracheae.

There were extreme close up shots of spiders so you could see details on certain parts of their bodies, such as their eyes or joints. Leg Receptors All leg segments are covered with various sensory hairs, discussed here only briefly fig, 2.

Biology of Spiders – Rainer Foelix – Oxford University Press

These small sensory organs are embedded in the exoskeleton at strategic points. All spiders are carnivorous. Histologically, the entosterna resemble the cartilage of vertebrates.

In regular histological preparations the acidophilic hemolymph stains distinctly, yet the thin hypodermis extensions are hardly visible fig.