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P_T



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:20 am    Post subject: Huntsman portrait Reply with quote

Around 2x magnification, just enough to fit the pedipalp in the frame.


Full size.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3196/2887613046_66a0cae465_o.jpg
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Aynia



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, for those archnaphobes among us.. what's a pedipalp?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pedipalps are those big leg-like things hanging down in front, filling up this frame on either side of the "fangs".

Anatomically, they're kind of a cross between legs and mouthparts. Pedipalps have segmentation very similar to legs, but instead of being used for walking they're used for touching and manipulating prey.

In male spiders, pedipalps are also enlarged and specialized for use as a copulatory organ, used for transferring sperm packets to the females. The structure of male pedipalps is often quite elaborate and unique to each species, so they are frequently used as key features for identification.

See this posting for some pictures showing an example of elaborate structure.

--Rik
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another view. Full Size here,
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3006/2891548024_0afacf1068_o.jpg

According to flickr guideline, I MUST link it to the photo page so here it is, feel free to ignore it. Laughing
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7873166@N02/2891548024/

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Creepy and well done. Looks like it has blood on its fangs already Shocked
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