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Posted: 1/26/2006 9:15:13 PM EDT

INVASIVE SPECIES: Zoropsis spinimana

A species is considered invasive when it has been introduced by humans and it competes with or displaces native species.

These large spiders are currently invading the San Francisco area. Native to the Mediterranean region, the colonizing spiders or egg sacs probably traveled to the Bay Area with a furniture shipment or in a vacationer’s suitcase. Academy scientist Darrell Ubick was the first to recognize Zoropsis spinimana as an alien species. He is currently tracking its spread from the South Bay – so far, it has been documented in five cities, both in nurseries and in homes. Ubick and Academy colleague Charles Griswold recently published a scientific paper announcing its arrival. It is the first representative of the large Zoropsidae spider family to be found in North America.



Damn, I thought we were safe here.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:16:00 PM EDT
Paging DrfriDge
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:16:16 PM EDT
Where can I get one of them?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:16:32 PM EDT
how big is it?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:17:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 9:18:40 PM EDT by m_jacobs_wife]
Can you die from one of those?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:18:24 PM EDT
Looks pretty nasty, but are they really dangerous, such as the widow or the recluse?

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:18:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:20:37 PM EDT
Up to 2 whole inches long. All spiders are venomous.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:22:31 PM EDT
Carb Cleaner and a Zippo
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:22:39 PM EDT

Looks like 2-3".

That's big for around here.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:23:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
Carb Cleaner and a Zippo

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:43:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 9:46:36 PM EDT by Wraithtouch]
bah thats nothing compaired to this
The Sydney Funnel-web Spider (Atrax robustus)
Size-4.5 cm body length
"Bites are most prevalent during summer and autumn when males leave the burrows in search of females. Accidental encounters with wandering males usually occur in gardens, houses, garages and sheds - particularly ground-level dwellings on concrete slabs. "

"Bites are dangerous and can cause serious illness or death. The venom appears to particularly affect primates (ie humans), whereas other mammals - such as cats and dogs - are relatively resistant"

But if these ever make it to the U.S. we are screwed. They burrow into wood and make nest like carpenter ants and react to noise invaders ect... like fire ants
Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata)
"Paraponera clavata is best known for its giant size and unusually severe sting. Workers are 18-25 mm. (up to 1 in.) long and look like stout, reddish-black, wingless wasps. Their stings are the most painful and debilitating known for any insect"

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:52:28 PM EDT
IBTF (in before the FriDge)
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:58:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Scott574:
IBTF (in before the FriDge)


In Before DFD!

She sure do have a soft spot for here dear old daddy, now, don't she?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:13:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 10:16:12 PM EDT by Citabria7GCBC]
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[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 10:18:10 PM EDT by jmzd4]

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:
Paging DrfriDge

my very first thought. Isn't he in Cali also?

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:29:58 PM EDT
yada yada yada blah blah blah nuke from orbit...only way to be sure blah blah blah yada yada yada
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