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New Spider discovered that builds fake decoys of itself

 
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A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.

Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.

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You think you killed it but really it hiding under your bed...
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Most impressive thing I've seen in a long time.
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12/18/2012 04:25 PM
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Just perfect news, I have strong arachnophobia.
 Quoting: mudzo 30232180


If you truly have arachnophobia you should know no matter where you travel their is always a spider within 6 ft away. Its incredible we don't think we have any around us cause we don't see them but when you go looking in dark place or even tiny places they exist.
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12/18/2012 04:30 PM
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A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.

Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.

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You think you killed it but really it hiding under your bed...
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12/18/2012 04:33 PM

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A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.

Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.

[link to www.wired.com]

You think you killed it but really it hiding under your bed...
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We are all in the process of doing things we never could do before.
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12/18/2012 04:34 PM
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uhh if the Spider was born from another spider identical to it, why is it so surprising it knows what it, or its parent looked like?
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A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.

Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.

[link to www.wired.com]

You think you killed it but really it hiding under your bed...
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We are all in the process of doing things we never could do before.
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Better Than.
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uhh if the Spider was born from another spider identical to it, why is it so surprising it knows what it, or its parent looked like?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1524022


The abilities for chimps, dolphins and other intelligent animals to understand their mirror image comes from their intelligence, not from their self awareness.

This ability only means that some animals have the type of intelligence which can help them find out that their image can be some place else other than within themselves.

I think this is the first time an insect is discovered to have this ability, and not only that but replicate it.
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12/18/2012 04:48 PM

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12/18/2012 04:57 PM
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I wonder if spiders know that they are creepy and disgusting.
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12/18/2012 05:04 PM
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Clever little spider.
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12/18/2012 05:25 PM
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spiders ARE OUR FRIENDS
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They are.

I never kill spiders that I occasionally find in my gaff.

I carefully collect them in a glass, with a bit of cardboard underneath, and ease them out the window!
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Could it be by chance, one spider is born with the genetically-encoded tendency to create a tight cluster at the center of the web that is unusually visible. It and its offspring have a slight survival advantage, perhaps from birds being able to see and avoid the web more easily (it's known that some spiders benefit from this), or from other spiders thinking from afar that the web is occupied by a larger spider and avoiding it etc. This will result in more offspring and statistically the gene will prosper.

Over the course of thousands of generations, larger circles are selected for, and then chance throws up some new 'designs' that include surrounding strands that start to make the thing look somewhat more spider-like. More time refines this shape. (This assumes that the central 'design' looking spider-look confers reproductive advantage.)



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Last Edited by thomowen20 on 12/18/2012 06:11 PM
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12/18/2012 06:12 PM
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how does a spider know what it looks like???!!!?
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It demonstrates that it's self-aware.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30149331


well,would you fancy a bug eyed hairy maneater with 8 legs.i guess thats how it works maybe.
 Quoting: lupa14714


Spiders have 8 eyes. So this little one has been inspecting its body in all angles. Maybe it has eaten some mushrooms, or a amanita muscaria fly, and gained inner vision of self. Truly amazing!
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spiders ARE OUR FRIENDS
 Quoting: JackTheTripper


Yes they are.
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12/18/2012 06:40 PM
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That is amazing.
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12/18/2012 07:26 PM

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spiders ARE OUR FRIENDS
 Quoting: JackTheTripper


They are.

I never kill spiders that I occasionally find in my gaff.

I carefully collect them in a glass, with a bit of cardboard underneath, and ease them out the window!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25842208


Absolutely, here in the summer I place them outside on my porch and they really help to keep the mosquito/fly population down around that area.
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12/18/2012 09:09 PM
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i do not see any use for the hunt, as a bigger decoy of itself probably doesnt attract more prey...
it could be for display in mating game, for protection purposes or it even could be art.

noone knows, if they are really building sculptures of themselves...
maybe they build their mother, maybe its just art...
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12/18/2012 09:10 PM
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Re: New Spider discovered that builds fake decoys of itself
however, very fascinating
El Quisqueyano

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12/18/2012 11:01 PM
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i do not see any use for the hunt, as a bigger decoy of itself probably doesnt attract more prey...
it could be for display in mating game, for protection purposes or it even could be art.

noone knows, if they are really building sculptures of themselves...
maybe they build their mother, maybe its just art...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30268861


Maybe they built the Pyramids too?
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