Saturday, 10 May 2008

A spider is named after Neil Young

This trapdoor spider, Myrmekiaphila Neilyoungi, was named in honor of Neil Young
Science Daily

Trapdoor spider species are apparently distinguished from each other by their genitalia.


idle said...

OK, they named it after the singer. But can you tell me why?

Lilith said...

The bloke who discovered the species admires Neil Young, Idle. I think that is all, unless he knows something about Mr Young that we don't...My links are all pale grey...did you notice the link to the article? I will see if I can change the colour. :-)

Daisy said...

i don't like spiders and snakes...and that aint what it takes to love me...doo doo do...

Lilith said...

Indeed, Daisy :-)

I quite like the idea of spiders and can see I have my own pet snake. I wouldn't want to live in Australia though ;-)

killemallletgodsortemout said...


Jim Stafford?

idle said...

Lil, my comment was a feeble attempt at a pun. Tell Me Why was the first song on After the Gold Rush, as anyone within earshot of my study at school in the 1970s could tell you.

Lilith said...

D'oh, sorry Idle!

Killem, I expect so :-)

Daisy said...

yes killem...thank you for not making me sing it out loud...sounds nothing like jim at but makes me feel good when i do it!

Philipa said...

Every man needs a maid..

Daisy said...

ah but philipa not every maid needs a man...:)

Lilith said...

Daisy, Pip, "Behind every successful man is a surprised woman"

Philipa said...

Lil - excellent.

I have yet to be surprised :-/

nomad said...

Lilith: slightly off topic, but I received this email just before clicking on to your blog:

"Please pay attention to this article. It is of utmost importance.

Danger ! Danger !! Danger !!!

Three women in KL turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period,
all with the same symptoms - fever, chills, vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis and finally,death.

There were no outward signs of trauma. Autopsy results showed
toxicity in the blood. These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common.

It was discovered, however, that they had all visited a same restaurant along [street] within days of their deaths. The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down. The food, water and air conditioning were all inspected and tested, to no avail.

The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check. She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had used the restroom.

That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read, drove up to the restaurant, went into the restroom and lifted the toilet seat. Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider. The spider was captured and brought back to the lab,where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because of its reddened flesh colour. This spider's venom is extremely toxic but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark, damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere.

Several days later, a lawyer showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore, before returning home. He did not visit the restaurant while there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock.

Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India. The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India, and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider's nests on four different planes!

It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the country. So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders.

It can save your life! And please pass this on to everyone you care about."

Since planes also fly between India and the UK, this messsage might bear a wider distribution.

Re living in Oz, didn't Slim Dusty have a humourous song about a funnelweb in a dunny??

electro-kevin said...

Apparently you can use genital identification to distinguish races of mankind too.

Ms Smack said...

Oh what a fine specimen!

We have trapdoors here, and of a night time, if you shine a torch out on your lawn, or garden, you can see their beady little eyes glimmering in the light.

They're very fast and very dangerous.

Ouchie wah wah

Lilith said...

Nasty, Ms S. I have made myself like spiders, counter to my instinct to scream and run up the curtains.