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Friday night fun: spiders at Iona Beach

Friday night fun: spiders at Iona Beach

  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of ferrying four Vancouver-area spider researchers out to Iona Beach in Richmond for a bit of a Friday-evening ramble in search of spiders. Gwylim Blackburn and Samantha Vibert are old hands at spider observations at this site, Gwilym had studied Habronattus americanus and Samantha  had studied Hobo Spiders. Catherine Scott […]

The Romanian Tarantula

The Romanian Tarantula

  The following is a guest post by Simon Fraser University student Bekka Brodie. Bekka studies blow fly ecology and blogs at http://www.bekkabrodie.com. The Romanian tarantula, Lycosa singoriensis (Lexmann 1770), is actually not a tarantula at all!  It’s a wolf spider! In Romania, and in most parts of Europe, the members of the family Lycosidae are commonly called tarantulas. […]