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Under a magnification of 353X, 4X that of PHIL 10092, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted the distal end of a leg of a venomous brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, found on a Kentucky farm. The hairs are known as setae, and are sensorial in nature, providing the spider with information about the organism’s environment including temperature changes, changes in wind direction, and chemical queues. L. reclusa is sometimes referred to as the violin, or fiddle spider, for on its dorsal cephalothorax, one will see what appears to be coloration in the shape of these stringed instruments (see PHIL 1125) .
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Leah Lowrey, Michael Smith
Creation Date:2007
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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