Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -

Secrets of giant Antarctic sea spiders and their tiny eggs revealed after 140 years


Still Waters

Recommended Posts

Scientists have finally resolved a 140-year-old mystery about how giant Antarctic sea spiders look after their eggs. Unlike other sea spiders that carry their eggs around until they hatch, the giant Antarctic sea spider (Colossendeis megalonyx) attach their thousands of tiny eggs to the rocky seafloor, a new study finds.

Sea spiders are marine arthropods that live in oceans around the world. They have eight extremely long, thin legs that make them resemble, but are not related to terrestrial daddy longlegs spiders (family Pholcidae). 

Many sea spiders only grow to up to an inch long, but those that live at the poles, like C. megalonyx, can have leg spans of up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) — a phenomenon known as "polar gigantism" because they are much larger than sea spiders in warmer climates. 

https://www.livescience.com/animals/secrets-of-giant-antarctic-sea-spiders-and-their-tiny-eggs-revealed-after-140-years

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.