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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SCIENCE NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 06:11 Mon Aug 05 EXP: 06:00 Mon Aug 12 쿝ARE, BLIND TROGLODYTE SPIDER FOUND IN AUSTRALIAN DESERT 쿞YDNEY (AUG. 5) - A blind, troglodyte spider long believed 쿮xtinct has been found alive and thriving under the 쿙ullarbor Plains desert in South Australia, the Australian 쿘useum announced Monday. 쿌 relative of the trap-door spider, it is known as 쿟roglodiplura lowryi, who was forced underground millions of 퀉ears ago when Australia's climate dried up, the museum's 쿴ead of arachnology Michael Gray said. 쿑urthermore, Troglodiplura is one of only three blind, 퀅nderground dwelling spider species in the world, the 쿮xperts believe. 쿒ray said he found eight juveniles of the rare spiders in a 쿬ave under the Nullarbor on a desert expedition last month. 쿌nd because eight spiders were found in only two days, there 퀇as likely to be a colony, he said. 쿌 preserved Troglodiplura was first found more than 20 years 쿪go, but after repeated unsuccessful searches throughout the 쿙ullarbor, scientists declared the spider extinct. 쿒ray said there is a great deal of life under the Nullarbor 퀃hat could not be seen because of cave-ins and collapses 퀃hat prevented people from entering the caves. "Insects can get in, however, and that's what these spiders 쿯eed on," he said. "The spiders have adapted to sensing prey from a distance by 쿺onitoring local air currents and vibrations of insects. "The spiders were forced into caves millions of years ago 퀇hen Australia's climate dried up," Gray said. "A lot of species were forced underground, but only only 12 쿴ave survived to become troglodytes." 쿌nimals forced underground had to evolve and adapt to their 퀂urroundings, genetically reorganising their entire make-up, 쿴e said. "They lose their sight, develop pigmentation and 퀃heir limbs lengthen with cave adaptation." 쿟he young spiders will be kept alive for as long as 쿾ossible, so they can be used for examination and breeding, 쿒ray said. =END=

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