By Friedrich G. Barth
Spiders are awesome creatures. Their various and complicated variety of habit and hugely constructed sensory platforms are excellently tailored to the environmental stipulations - as is confirmed by means of their evolutionary luck. Over four hundred million years, spiders have constructed their sensory organs to a desirable technical perfection and complexity.
In his interesting booklet, Professor Friedrich G. Barth places this technical perfection into the context of "biology", within which the interplay among surroundings and sensory organs and the selectivity of the senses as a hyperlink among setting and behaviour play a tremendous function. Professor Friedrich G. Barth was once born in Munich, Germany, in 1940. He studied biology and human body structure in Munich and l. a.. In 1967, he received his doctorate less than H. Autrum, 1970 he got his Habilitation in zoology. In 1974, he was once provided a chair on the college of Frankfurt/M. on the grounds that 1987, he has been professor on the collage of Vienna, Austria. His major components of study are neurobiology, sensory structures, and biomechanics. he's a member of a number of medical academies and editor-in-chief of the magazine of Comparative body structure A.
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All these considerations are crucial in the present context, because the dendritic endings of the slit sensilla are attached to the surface of the cuticle. It is considerably simpler to interpret the mechanical consequences of various forms of load in this situation than it would be if the endings were embedded in a mass of cuticle. Buckle Bend Twist (arrows) in different ways and thereby deformed (unshaded). Basically, the same phenomenon occurs in all cases at the surface: a circle drawn onto it deforms into an ellipse, indicating strains in two directions perpendicular to each other and with opposite sign.
The numbers on the upper right give the total amount of activity (m) (mean, standard error, relative SD). (Schmitt et a!. 1990) other (Schmitt et al. 1990). This involved a comparison between males and females of the three large Cupiennius species (Plates 1-3). The main findings are shown in figure 4. Like Cupiennius salei, Cupiennius getazi and Cupiennius coccineus are strictly night -active. 7%. Again, lights-out proved to be a very effective "zeitgeber" (timing signal): the active time began as soon as the light was turned off.
How does the inventory of slit sense organs in other arachnids compare? Cupiennius has been found to differ widely from a scorpion (Barth and Wadepuhl 1975) as well as from a whip spider, a whip scorpion and a daddy-long-legs (Barth and Stagl 1976), both in the total number of slits and in the proportions of single slits, groups and lyriform organs. Whereas in the spiders there are 15 lyriform organs on each leg, in the other arachnids there are none, or only one or two. Where spiders have lyriform organs, the scorpion and whip scorpion have groups of single slits.
A Spider’s World: Senses and Behavior by Friedrich G. Barth