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BoulderWorkDecember 9th, 2015, 7:19 am
Posts: 23 http://www.wired.com/2015/12/the-thing-on-this-bugs-head-is-exactly-what-you-think-it-is/

Favorite part of article:

"Dr. Peter Duelli first described this odd structure in 2004, when he observed males slowly erecting their glenofinger—but they were very shy. “When the males are undisturbed, the glenofinger can grow to almost the size of the abdomen. At the slightest disturbance (vibration, noise, shadow) it’s withdrawn.” Winterton commented, “They’re very secretive about it. You really have to set the mood for this sort of thing to happen.”

Jmd123December 9th, 2015, 2:29 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2385
"You really have to set the mood for this sort of thing to happen.”

I LOVE IT!!

Yep, it's a pretty wacky world when it comes to six-legged creatures!! Of course, we are talking about Australia, home of the weirdest and most dangerous of nearly every type of venomous animal (snake, spider, jellyfish, octopus, bony fish, wasp, cone shell, etc.)...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfDecember 9th, 2015, 5:44 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2933
Good one, but I forsee a debate a la Fontaine's caddis coming on:

Winterton’s not sure if the glenofinger inflates with air, or fills with body fluid.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
PaulRobertsDecember 10th, 2015, 10:56 am
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Good one, but I forsee a debate a la Fontaine's caddis coming on:

Winterton’s not sure if the glenofinger inflates with air, or fills with body fluid.

Oh no!!

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