A reader sent me the link to an old scientific article (from 1995) about a “mathematical spider” living in the Namibian desert. It turns out that the adjective “mathematical” is pretty misleading, but since the article was interesting I thought I’d give it a brief shout-out.
The paper, published by G. Costa et al. in the Journal of Arid Environments, (reference below, can join ResearchGate and get free copy, or ask me), is about a new species in the family of tube-dwelling spiders, Segrestriidae; the species is named Ariadna sp. (the “sp.” means “species not identified”, although it may well have been in the last 18 years).
24 specimens of this ground-dwelling spider were studied near Gobabeb, a well-known research station in the desert of Namibia. The spiders dig burrows in the ground from whence they venture to get prey. Here’s a picture of the spider:
Here’s its bleak…
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