Researchers Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer compiled data from 65 previous studies to estimate the number of spiders in the world. Their conclusion: altogether there are about 25 million metric tons' worth of them around. Most of their victims are insects and springtails, small insect-like arthropods, but they occasionally make a meal of vertebrates such as frogs, lizards, fish and small mammals.
'Spiders thus make an essential contribution to maintaining the ecological balance of nature'. Spiders have been found in the northern most islands of the Arctic, the hottest deserts, at the highest altitudes of any living organisms, bogs, sand dunes and other types of habitats.
The study team also revealed spiders kill a lot more insects in forests and savanna than in other environments.
The vast majority of this insect devouring occurs in forests and grasslands, which are thought to account for about 95 percent of the annual spider prey kill.
But if you're now worrying that the world might be inherited by spiders, remember that in turn, they are a source of prey as well. These eight-legged creeps have a population density of up to 1,000 individuals per square meter.
"We hope that these estimates and their magnitude will help alert public opinion and improve the overall appreciation of the role of spiders."
". Between 8,000 and 10,000 other predators, parasitoids and parasites feed exclusively on spiders, while spiders at the same time form an important part of the diet of an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 bird species, note the authors. The scientific journal The Science of Nature has published the results.
The specialty pharmaceutical company reported $1.26 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.20 by $0.06. Add Bill Ackman to the long list of investors who want nothing to do with the struggling drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals .
Neiman Marcus is the latest retailer to face struggles, thanks to shifts in consumer buying habits and unpredictable weather. It was sold to private equity firm Ares Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $6bn in 2013 .
Today's strikes by guards and drivers working for Merseyrail and Northern rail are over similar DOO proposals on those services. RMT members have walked out at Merseyrail, Northern and Southern in protest at plans to extend driver-only operation.
But, airlines are already waiving change fees, so passengers can get a jump start on revising their travel plans. For travelers headed to or leaving Chicago, flights can be rebooked between now and Wednesday.
In the words of captain Wes Morgan, they overturned Sevilla's 2-1 first-leg lead by doing what they do best. Kasper Schmeichel revealed his relief after Leicester reached the Champions League quarter-finals.
I have shown a lot of loyalty and my preference is here. 'I would love to do it but at the moment we are far from that. We had an outstanding game against Bayern Munich but our game was killed by the referee.
The New York area was under a blizzard warning with up to 24 inches of snow expected and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour. Nationwide, more than 1,200 flights have been cancelled due to the storm, according to FlightAware .com.
The computer will reportedly be 40 times more powerful than what has been used in previous Tesla Inc vehicles, reports AutoCar . Tesla is about to unfold Tesla Model Y , a new compact electric-powered SUV built on the same platform as Model 3.
In addition, he said almost 700 pieces of snow-fighting equipment are being deployed, including snowblowers and plows. All non-essential state employees are directed to stay home as blizzard conditions may persist until tomorrow.
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Google's new Family Link app invites live
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Tag Heuer's new smartwatch goes modular, keeps premium price
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Joe Biden Picked His Favorite 'Biden Meme'
He also hopes to attract national business leaders, experts on substantive topics, and constitutional scholars. Biden graduated from UD in 1965 with a double major in history and political science.