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Selenops spider

Selenops radiatus


A Selenops radiatus spider, spotted and photographed by my daughter Eleni, in Elounda beach, Crete island, Greece. The spider was spotted inside a building and was moved in to a safer place, in the garden, where she could continue with her life. The species was named after the moon goddess Selene, and Greek -ops "eye", because of the moon-like form of the eyes. Selenops is the first spider known to be able to steer and glide when falling, in order to land in or on a tree, instead of falling to the ground.

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Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Κρήτης, Greece

Spotted on Jun 25, 2017
Submitted on Aug 25, 2017

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