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Tarantulaspiders.com has been working with hundreds of invertebrate researchers worldwide for over three decades. You can count on us for your research needs. We assist and supply arachnologists, entomologists (centipedes and millipedes), biologists, zoologists, animal scientists, Chilopoda, Myriapoda, Amplypygi, Araneae, Solifugae researchers, taxonomists, and toxicologists, toxinologists, physicians and pharmacists.
Below are reasons to consider making us your no. 1 supplier for invertebrate research needs:
• We supply tarantulas, centipedes, true spiders, primitive spiders (trapdoor and purse web), scorpions, tailless whip scorpions/amblypigids, whip scorpions "vinegaroons", solifugids, land crabs, millipedes and mantis (native to U.S. only).
• We provide correct identification and sexing (for select species and life stages)
• Locality data
• Excellent, healthy invertebrate stock. We offer field-collected, captive-born, preserved and imported stock.
• We also provide advice and consultation services to assist in your research.
• Bulk discounts similar to wholesale pricing when ordering in 6, 12, 25, 50, 100+ lots.
• RARE, hard-to-find, and NEW species - this is our specialty!
• Legally and ethically-acquired stock from unprotected areas and proper permits for any CITES II stock (Brachypelma, Pandinus and select Aphonopelma spp.)
• Imported stock is legally-acquired with proper customs and wildlife authority inspections and approval.
TYPICAL INVERTEBRATE RESEARCH STUDIES:
• Biological Pest Control Studies: Spiders can significantly control agricultural pest insect populations. Read this interesting study: Spiders Predation in Argroecosystems. Can Spiders Effectively Control Pest Populations?
- Excellent choices for these types of studies are the following species:
Peucetia viridans, Cheiracanthium inclusum, Latrodectus mactans, Hogna lenta, Phidippus audax and P. regius, Leucauge venusta, Argiope aurantia, Nephila clavipes, Rabidosa hentzi, and R. punctulata.
• Behavior studies. Any invertebrate species can be used.
• Burrowing species studies using wolf spiders. Hogna lenta "FL Field Wolf Spider" is the no. 1 species used.
• Hunting strategy projects using jumping, green lynx and huntsman spiders. Phidippus regius "Regal Jumping Spider" and Peucetia viridans "Green Lynx Spider" are the two main species used.
• Image defocus studies: Jumping spiders and possibly huntsman spiders are excellent candidates for these studies. See a video example of this HERE.
• Intelligence studies. Jumping spiders are some of the most intelligent of all spiders. The no. 1 species used is Phidippus regius "Regal Jumping Spider".
• Prey Capture studies. Any species of spiders, other invertebrates or reptiles can be used. Hunting spiders like jumping, huntsman and green lynx are good choices.
• Spider web projects
using large orb weaver spiders. Species typically used: Nephila
clavipes "FL Giant Golden Silk Spider", Argiope aurantia "Black &
Yellow Argiope Spider and Neoscona domiciliorum "Spotted Orb Weaver". Nephila clavipes is extremely popular with researchers due to it's large size, large production of silk and the actual components of the silk. Note: Orb weaving spider season is best between July 15 and November 15.
• Venom studies (Venomous form required. Inquire.) Popular invertebrates for these studies: widow, recluses, wandering spiders and Scolopendra species of centipedes. Scolopendra venom is poorly studied, but several species have interesting proteins, lipids, lipoproteins, histamine, hyaluronidase, polypeptides, benzokinin derivatives, and proteinases. Excellent species for research are Scolopendra s. subspinipes and Scolopendra s. dehaani.
• Vision study projects
using jumping and huntsman spiders. Phidippus regius "Regal Jumping
Spider" and Heteropoda venatoria "FL Giant Huntsman Spider" are the two
main species used.