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Can't even DESCRIBE this...

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by MizM, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. MizM

    MizM Arachnoprincess Old Timer

    I was googling and I just found this:


    What the?

    (I hope I did that right, I didn't want to just post the pic, cuz I thought that would be stealing it, but wasn't sure if I should post the whole thread!:confused: )
  2. becca81

    becca81 Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Heh, the posts from the other people are what bothered me... ;)

    I think I recall seeing this somewhere before (maybe even on a thread here) and it was said that that is just how that particular spider looks - there is nothing wrong with it.
  3. syndicate

    syndicate Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    thats def an interesting spider
  4. Mattyb

    Mattyb Arachnoking Old Timer

    You got that right, IMO it looks more like a crab than a T.

  5. Garbonzo13

    Garbonzo13 Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Could it have been eaten? (swallowed whole) It kinda looks like it is sitting on some kind of dung. Either that or it was a mutation that someone preserved and then placed outside for an interesting pic. I'm just doing alot of guessing here, but that is what it looks like to me.
  6. DracosBana

    DracosBana Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Actually, it's sitting on the guys gloved hand. A lether palmed work glove that's recently been used in the dirt.

    If that's the normal look for that spider, then I HAVE to get one.
  7. fleshstain

    fleshstain Arachnoknight Old Timer

    that is definately an oddity there....
  8. ScorpDemon

    ScorpDemon ArachnoScorpion Old Timer

    That makes 2 of us., I'll take a few myself
  9. fscorpion

    fscorpion Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I don't think this is a spider species, looks more like a joke or something...
    First, it has a tarantula body and I think all would agree that there is no such tarantula, not nearly looking like this one.
    Second, this animal looks really dirty and we all know how clean spiders are, even when in camouflage, they all keep their bodies perfectly clean and neat. Not like crabs which would easily add some disgusting things on their bodies.
    Third, the amount of this stuff pending from the spider legs is not equal on all legs or on both sides of the spider. If that was a true photo, it would have a much more symmetrical look!
    It makes me think this is just a joke or a photo shop species :) or a rooted spider ;) I would be very happy if anyone could prove the opposite and tell me the name of this species or Genus...
  10. brigebane

    brigebane Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I think it may be the real deal:
    reason #1. symmetry, roots don't normally attain a symmetrical form, if you split that down the middle it would have the same form on each side. Normally not so for a conflaguration of roots.

    So, either this is an elaborate hoax. Photoshop, or glued together parts. Or this could possibly be a dead spider that was found , funny how we're getting the reaction from this that one would from jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich:rolleyes:
  11. Bloodletting

    Bloodletting Arachnobaron

    It says a cadaver that the person found...It's obviously dead, as stated in the description, hence the dirt and certainly something could be growing on a dead tarantula/spider or any animal.

  12. RVS

    RVS Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Pretty nasty.
    Could that be some sort of slime mold?
  13. jw73

    jw73 Arachnobaron

    Strange and nasty.
  14. wicked

    wicked Arachnobaron Old Timer

    looks like a potato that sat in my pantry too long. Freaky.
    Well, its dead and wet with a bleached appearance, it very well could be some kind of fungus or plant growing through the carcass. Too bad we don't know where it was found. (unless I missed that part)
    I would think if that is what it looked like in life there would already be a picture of it somewhere on this site or a site like Rick West's wouldn't there? Nothing that freaky looking could go for long without being spread all over the internet with a title like "camouflaged spud eating tarantula"
  15. Crotalus

    Crotalus Arachnoking Old Timer

    "I dont think its a trarantula though, aive seen quite a few, used to have one but never had any of that pink crap growing out of it."


  16. Waryur

    Waryur Arachnosquire Old Timer

    im going to support the dead T with a fungal growth post mortum theory.
  17. syndicate

    syndicate Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    could it possible be a molted skin that has some plants growing through it?
  18. Hedorah99

    Hedorah99 Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Its a fungus. i remeber when I took mycology a long time ago in college seeing some ants and hornets have the same thing ahppen to them. Its a parasitic fungus that creates the shroom like growths after it has killed the host.
  19. heyjeyniceid

    heyjeyniceid Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Ive seen this before. I believe Rick West had a slide of something similar to this in his presentation 2 years ago at the ATS.
  20. Arlius

    Arlius Arachnodemon Old Timer

    That picture has been floating around the internet for a long time. The poster wasnt the one to find it either.
    Like said, its a parasitic fungus, wish I could remember which family it is from though.