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Parasitized spider?

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by The Snark, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. The Snark

    The Snark ArachnoGod Old Timer

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  2. Galapoheros

    Galapoheros ArachnoGod Old Timer

  3. jarmst4

    jarmst4 Arachnoknight

    That thing is gross. Freakin monsters inside of me stuff.
  4. tmcv

    tmcv Arachnosquire

    Hey all!
    Galapoheros could be it....
    but have a lot of records abou Mermithidae nematodes infection in spiders. The Mermithidae nematodes is common in insects, but also get spiders as hosts. Unfortunally nobody ever indentify the genera of the nematode because they are still imature when emerge, being very dificult to identify. But a few genera could infect spiders: Allomermis, Eumermis, Hydromermis, Mermis, Octomermis, Orthomermis, Pheromermis, Phreatomermis, and Quadrimermis.

    This nematodes can infest the host directly, invading the integument, or indirectly byt water or contaminated prey ingestion.

    I have one case report from a japanese wolf spider. If interest to anyone, a can send to you.

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  5. Aviara

    Aviara Arachnoknight

    I was under the impression that horsehairs were very long and narrow, and the "worm" in the video looks rather fat, especially if the spider is as big as the description claims. In the photographs of horsehair worms I've seen, they look like they are at maximum about as thick as a jewelry chain. On a side note, sad that the guy's gut reaction is to spray pesticides on arachnids. I get people that are afraid of them, but stomping has far less negative consequences.
  6. Galapoheros

    Galapoheros ArachnoGod Old Timer


    OK, I see, I found this just now to back you up on that. http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2762 the post by rjlittlefield.
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  7. jecraque

    jecraque Arachnobaron

    grayzone just posted some extra commentary on one of the tarantula boards about this--http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?242725-Nematode-question

    Apparently it is a nematode after all. HuffPo picked up the video for the yuck factor and got an entomologist to comment on it.

    Was it ever actually shown what the guy sprayed? Spider-fearing humans are prone to spraying just about any chemical at them, not just pesticides. Hairspray, deodorant, you name it...
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  8. The Snark

    The Snark ArachnoGod Old Timer

    ํีYuck factor. Perfect way of putting it!
    Sort of looks like soap being sprayed. Furniture or bathroom cleaner is my guess. More poisons in one can of the average household cleanser than in several million spiders.
  9. RobynTRR

    RobynTRR Arachnosquire

    That is one of the craziest things I have ever seen.
  10. zonbonzovi

    zonbonzovi Creeping beneath you Staff Member

    Let's culture it:wicked:
  11. The Snark

    The Snark ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Great idea. Have a host in mind? Sibling?
  12. zonbonzovi

    zonbonzovi Creeping beneath you Staff Member

    Oh...library administration, people that linger in the passing lane, telemarketers, bulk mailers, the Maloof Bros., politicians that legislate for the lowest common denominator, the makers of Velveeta, Dep't of Transportation, Phish, birthers, breeders, Regal Cinemas, Gavin McCleod, gladhanders, toadies, perpetual optimists & Snooky...phew! Must breathe.
  13. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    My stomach feels weird...

    I don't think that was a worm. What ever that spray was caused a strand of lo mien to come to life. The real question is "why was a spider eating lo mien?"
  14. Ciphor

    Ciphor Arachnoprince

    Lol Regal Cinemas hahahaha. Only a washatonian would understand that one.

    They do need a parasite lol. Regal 13 3dollar movies aren't the worst though. Great for cheap dates ^_~
  15. paassatt

    paassatt Arachnoangel

    Netflix makes for even cheaper dates.
  16. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    We have carmike blue ridge. Can't beat 2 dollar movies. They were 1.50 but they went up recently. They also have Stimulus Tuesdays! 1.50 popcorn and 1.50 sodas!