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Subject: singing spiders!
From: Clifford Caruthers <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 20:55:05 -0700
I just caught a really fascinating television program which among other 
things documented the mating calls of the arizona jumping spider.  The 
little beast makes sound by vibrating its abdomen and conducting the 
sound through its two upraised front legs -- the sound consisted of a 
number of short clicks followed by a low moaning sound.  Truly amazing! 
  An intrepid researcher captured the sounds by attaching a phonograph 
needle to the female, listening to the sound conducted through her 
legs.  Anyone heard of this before?  I never knew spiders made a 



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