Story: Caving

Harvestman spider

Harvestman spider

This harvestman spider in Aurora Cave, Fiordland, shows the lack of pigmentation common in subterranean life forms, which have no need of camouflage in the dark. Cave environments are marginal for many forms of life because of the lack of light (and hence food), but some creatures still manage to eke out an existence. This spider preys on glow-worms, the larval stage of a fungus gnat.

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Carl Walrond, 'Caving - Caves and life forms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11519/harvestman-spider (accessed 17 July 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007