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tuuungsten said: I'm curious about the spider measurements you're doing during your research, do you measure every spider part or a few select ones? Also, do you measure just one aspect of a part such as length, or do you use volume or something?



I did measure every single spider.  All 200 something of them.  If this becomes my thesis work, I will be measuring A LOT more of them.

I did a series of measurements:


(From my poster)

Figure 2.  spider anatomy showing each measurement taken:

 body length (a), abdomen length (b), abdomen width (c),

 cephalothorax width (d), and one of each pair of legs (e-h).

I then took each of those measurements and divided them by the body length.  That gave me a series of indices- these indices basically told me which body part was most important in determining foraging behavior- as well as which guild will be the most easily recognizable from their morphology. 

So, in short, to really answer your question- I was most concerned with a spider’s “shape”.  Because once I divided by body length, that is what the index would tell me..  Cephalothorax shape, abdomen shape and so on…  except for legs- legs was more about the length.  

Thank you for your interest in my spider research!


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Day 19: Palestinian death toll passes 1,000 | July 26, 2014

Thousands of Gaza residents who fled the violence streamed back to devastated border areas during Saturday’s 12-hour humanitarian truce to find large-scale destruction: fighting pulverized scores of homes, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. In northern Beit Hanoun, even the hospital was badly damaged by shelling. Across Gaza, more than 130 bodies were pulled from the rubble on Saturday, officials said. In southern Gaza, 20 members of an extended family were killed before the start of the lull when a tank shell hit a building where they had sought refuge. (Sources: 1, 2, 3)

Pictures from Beit Hanoun & Shejaiyah during a pause in the bombing by Israeli forces:

1. A general view of destruction in the Shejaia neighbourhood. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

2. Palestinians carry belongings they find at their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

3. A Palestinian man looks staggered after seeing his home destroyed, while visiting the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

4. Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

5. Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fire in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

6. A mare and her foal walk along the debris of destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Palestinians survey the damage in Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Children wait for their parents, who collect belongings from their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

9. A general view of destroyed buildings after Israeli attacks in a part of the Shuja’iyya neighbourhood. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)

10. Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

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