Mygalomorph Trapdoor Spider, Kempner, TX: 111208, pg 8

Mygalomorp Trapdoor Spider, Kempner, TX 111298 Fang with venom orificeThis photo shows a close-up view of this spider's distal fangs, including the orifice through which venom is ejected (injected, actually, once the fangs have penetrated the spider's prey). In many mygalomorphs, particularly the larger tarantulas, the venom glands are relatively small and reside entirely within the chelicerae. It will be necessary to dissect this specimen to determine the extent of its venom glands. Many other anatomical features are easily depicted via imagery of the external body, however. These include, for this specimen, details of the distal palps. I am now in the process of making major improvements to my microscope platform, to manage lighting more effectively, and as soon as those changes have been completed and tested I hope to post additional material here ----FINIS (for the moment)---- PAGE MENU:  1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 *

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