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Largest Web-Spinning Spider Found

Meet the newest odd couple of the animal kingdom: the giant female and tiny male of the largest web-spinning spider known to science: Nephila komaci.

The female of the species has a leg span of up to 5 inches (12 centimeters), while the male—which spends much of its time clambering on its partner's back—barely reaches an inch (2.5 centimeters), a new study says.

Part of a well-known group of golden orb-weaver spiders—which can spin webs up to three feet (one meter) wide—N. komaci was first identified in a South African museum collection in 2000.

But it wasn't until a 2007 field survey, which discovered three individuals in South Africa's Tembe Elephant Park, that scientists knew the spider still existed in the wild.

The newfound spider, detailed October 20 in the journal PLoS One, is the first addition to the Nephila genus since 1879.

Largest Web-Spinner a Rarity

N. komaci is likely rare within its small habitats in South Africa and Madagascar, researchers say, and females are much less common than males.

Much is still unknown about the species' biology, but study co-author and spider expert Jonathan Coddington suspects the female evolved her extreme size to thwart smaller predators and to be able to lay more eggs.

(Watch a video of the world's largest spider.)

In addition, the males are "sort of fanatically monogamous" during their roughly one-year life spans, said Coddington, a senior scientist at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

When ready to mate, a male will usually make his move when the female is molting, he added.

"Her legs are soft and her body's soft, and she can't prevent being inseminated by the male," Coddington said. "Once he's inseminated her, he'll break off his genitalia in hers, thereby plugging her up."

The male, which is left sterile, then drives away other males until he dies.

This strategy should stymie other males' mating attempts—though some females have been found with several dismembered male organs lodged inside them, he said.

Overall, Coddington added, the discovery of this new species is "just further evidence that it's a wonderful world."
[link to news.nationalgeographic.com]
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Re: Sometimes these things just write themselves: "some females have been found with several dismembered male organs lodged inside them"
you always have the best thread titles!

cool spider too!
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I think I dated that girl.
ceiling cat cees wat u r doin
but basement cat noes y.
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Re: Sometimes these things just write themselves: "some females have been found with several dismembered male organs lodged inside them"
We have s spider in our back yard that spins a web way bigger than a yard stick. We call her Charlotte. She eats Mosquitos. Thats why we leave her alone. I hate Mosquito!
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you always have the best thread titles!

cool spider too!
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I'm not taking the credit for the thread tittles, some of them. They come from the site in which I paste the news item from.

I can just use the news headline but sometimes these tittles are to good to not paste them to the news.
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don't give our females any ideas

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