Mirror spider, in grey

Sequin Spider Grayscale 1-1037.jpg
Sequin Spider Grayscale 1-1037.jpg

Mirror spider, in grey

40.00

SUBJECT: MIRROR SPIDER (ORDER ARANEAE)

NATURAL HISTORY: Who is the fairest of them all? When speaking of arachnids, the sequin--or mirror--spider (genus Thwaitesia) is a strong contender. Mirror spiders are recognized by the patchwork of silver sequins covering their abdomens. The “sequins” are actually guanocytes (gut cells filled with crystalline waste deposits), which the spiders enlarge or contract, in response to external stimuli, using a network of fine muscles. The metallic markings may help the spiders avoid being eaten by visually “bedazzling” predators or, perhaps, by tricking would-be enemies into thinking the shining arachnids are simply remnant drops of dew.

LOCATION: Sanmen County, Zhejiang Province, China

PRINT DIMENSIONS:  11" X 14"

SPECS: All shop photos are printed by the experts at LightPrint, a New York-based digital printing team, on Fuji Crystal Archive paper with a matte finish.

A typed version of the above natural history sketch will be included with your order. Because knowledge is power. And arthropods are awesome.

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