Scads of Spiders: Zoology Object of the Week (April 11, 2011)

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The arachnology collection includes nearly 28,000 vials of identified arachnids. Arachnids include spiders, solifuges ("camel spiders"), pseudoscorpions, daddy longlegs and other eight legged beasties. The specimens are preserved in alcohol and, as with all other specimens in Zoology collections, include data on where the specimens were collected, when they were collected, by whom, and sometimes information about the habitat in which the species are found. Many of the specimens in the arachnology collection were sent in by participants in the Colorado Spider Survey ( Many of the solifuges were collected as part of a National Science Foundation funded project (

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