Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Airjockie, Sep 17, 2007.
I don't see a head...the body looks like a tick, and the legs are about 5 inches from toe to toe...
daddy long legs? most poisonous spider evAr!
We have a lot of those down here.
Isn't that a myth? I think it was on MythBusters too(not sure though).
there's a spider on the wall
he has no balls at all
I've heard that they have the most potent venom pound for pound, but their teeth aren't long enough to inject it.
Possible envenomation Is there any truth to this oft-repeated tale?
Daddy-longlegs (Opiliones) - these arachnids make their living by eating decomposing vegetative and animal matter although are opportunist predators if they can get away with it. They do not have venom glands, fangs or any other mechanism for chemically subduing their food. Therefore, they do not have poison and, by the powers of logic, cannot be poisonous from venom. Some have defensive secretions that might be poisonous to small animals if ingested. So, for these daddy-long-legs, the tale is clearly false.
Daddy-longlegs spiders (Pholcidae) - Here, the myth is incorrect at least in making claims that have no basis in known facts. There is no reference to any pholcid spider biting a human and causing any detrimental reaction. If these spiders were indeed deadly poisonous but couldn't bite humans, then the only way we would know that they are poisonous is by milking them and injecting the venom into humans. For a variety of reasons including Amnesty International and a humanitarian code of ethics, this research has never been done. Furthermore, there are no toxicological studies testing the lethality of pholcid venom on any mammalian system (this is usually done with mice). Therefore, no information is available on the likely toxic effects of their venom in humans, so the part of the myth about their being especially poisonous is just that: a myth. There is no scientific basis for the supposition that they are deadly poisonous and there is no reason to assume that it is true.
What about their fangs being too short to penetrate human skin? Pholcids do indeed have short fangs, which in arachnological terms is called "uncate" because they have a secondary tooth which meets the fang like the way the two grabbing parts of a pair of tongs come together. Brown recluse spiders similarly have uncate fang structure and they obviously are able to bite humans. There may be a difference in the musculature that houses the fang such that recluses have stronger muscles for penetration because they are hunting spiders needing to subdue prey whereas pholcid spiders are able to wrap their prey and don't need as strong a musculature. So, again, the myth states as fact something about which there is no scientific basis.
For true daddy-long-legs, the opilionids, the myth is certainly false, and for the daddy-long-legs spiders it is certainly not based on known facts.
Old wive's tale.
Thats funny as hell, me and turbomirage google'd up the same sight. The one he linked is the one I quoted from.
i clicked "feeling lucky"
That's nothing.. check out this wierd flying bug I saw :
I see that your last few posts have reflected what is inevitable...
Owning a Harley does make you dumb and sucks away any bland sense of humor you might have had.
Your going to end up like a lot of the harley guys at work...they can't open their mouths without the word fuck coming out at least once in every sentence. Or grossly overweight..
shit that describes me perfectly and i dont even own a harley... hell ive never even ridden a harley
If my humor were any drier I would be laughing dust.
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