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In many animal groups this variation is tied to differing jaw shapes and tooth forms, but those features didn't much affect the croc chomps in the team's tests.
This suggests crocs were big biters from the dawn of their evolutionary line, said Erickson, a grantee of the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. The Society owns National Geographic News. Variations in snouts and teeth arose later, fine-tuning that powerful bite for prey ranging from fish and snakes to birds, mammals, and even insects. Rare Pictures: Crocodile Attacks Elephant. During evolution [crocs] basically played around with those sorts of attachments," said Erickson, who led the new study, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE. In a typical croc environment, "big game comes to the water's edge, mollusks grow there, birds land—and anything that's around that water, they can eat it.
Paleobiologist Laura Porro , who wasn't involved in the new research, added, "People have been talking about how differences in snout shape and tooth shape and diet may impact crocodilian biomechanics, but no one has been able to collect all these data. It's extraordinary. In addition to shedding light on living crocs, the new data could illuminate the extinct animals at the roots of the croc family tree, said Porro, of the University of Chicago, who studies live alligators but also models biomechanics of extinct reptiles.
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Erickson and team have already done some such scaling—producing an image of a truly ferocious ancient croc. Rex bite force looks like, go look at one of these crocs. Males of all three species have a large, fringed fan with distinctive figures consisting of pigmented scales on a background of iridescent scales. The Redback Spider's original range is considered to be parts of the South Australian and Western Australian deserts, from where it has since invaded the rest of Australia and several places overseas, including New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Japan.
The sweating then becomes more generalised. This is the result of the body reacting to its own neurotransmitter chemicals leaking from nerve junctions at the bite site. Systemic effects such as feeling sick, abdominal pain and nausea can be brought on by trauma and associated pain.
Isbister et. No deaths have occurred since the advent of an antivenom in Males wander at night in spring and summer in search of females. Some wander into houses or fall into swimming pools, where they can stay alive underwater for long periods. This species has been milked for research at James Cook University Cairns for use in cancer treatments.
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The urban myth of the bite of the White-tailed Spider leading to severe illness and large flesh-eating wounds has never been verified. Studies of verified Lampona bites have not shown any case of necrotising ulcers. The most common species is Lampona cylindrata throughout Australia but not eastern Queensland. The almost identical Lampona murina is restricted to eastern Australia. These two species are difficult to tell apart, the only clue in the field, without looking at genitalia, being location. Lamponids have eight eyes in two rows.
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The middle two eyes in the back row are oval shaped and often silvery or blueish. The cigar-shaped abdomen sometimes flattened is narrowed at both ends. The cephalothorax, which is often wider than the abdomen, is similarly shaped but shorter, usually about half the length of the abdomen. Legs are slender, with two claws, usually more slender than those of the similar Gnaphosidae. Juveniles tend to have more or less obvious whitish marks on the upper surface of the abdomen.
The urban myth originated in when Australian medical researcher Struan Sutherland claimed the White-tailed Spider as the culprit of severe skin ulcers and necrotic lesions. This was perpetuated by a number of articles in medical journals. Research by toxicologist Geoff Isbister and arachnologist Mike Gray investigated verified Lampona cylindrata bites, patients complained about pain, redness and itchiness, but researchers could find no resulting necrotic ulcers or other confirmed infections.
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The Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides so named because the abdomen is finger-shaped is one of nine introduced pholcids in Australia. A myth developed around its venom, suggesting it would easily kill a person if only its fangs were big enough to penetrate skin. This suggestion is bogus. Daddy Long-legs Spiders can tangle up and wrap Redback Spiders from a safe distance by means of their long legs, which they use to apply silk. Once the Redback is fully trussed, the Daddy Long-legs Spider bites at will and simply waits for the bigger spider to die so it can feed.
Associate Professor Bryan Fry, associate professor at the University of Queensland and expert in venoms and associated toxins, has found the same biochemical progress in the venoms of marine species. This evolution has demonstrated particular closeness between colloids octopi, squid and cuttlefish , suggesting that is a specific venom that is most effective for a specific prey. Known for lurking off the coast of Darwin and northern Queensland, the box jellyfish is one of the most potent stingers in Australia.
It has been responsible for 70 deaths in the country and takes victims by wrapping its 3m tentacles around the unsuspecting prey.
This translucent marine stinger is most prevalent during the summer months and all recorded deaths have occurred between October and May. Venom is injected through small receptors along the tentacles and so the severity of the sting correlates to the amount of the tentacle that touches the skin. In addition to being very painful, the venom attacks the muscles around the lungs and heart.
As a result, paralysis of both these organs is the main cause of death in untreated cases.
Located along the east coast of Australia, European wasps were discovered in Australia in in Tasmania, and by the late s had migrated to the mainland. Naturally dormant in the European winters, these insects have a particularly long lifecycle in Australia because of the relatively warm temperature. They pack a serious sting when angered. Nesting underground and in the walls of houses, they have been known establish colonies of up to , Their sting, while painful, is not deadly unless the recipient is allergic to their venom.
In these cases, hospitalisation and fatalities are possible. As with European wasps, the 1. Unlike wasps, however, bees leave their stinging barb inserted in their victim, along with a sack of venom.
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This detaches from the bee, killing it. Allergies to the venom are responsible for more annual average deaths than sharks, spiders or snakes separately. Less than three per cent of Australians are allergic to bee or wasp venom. At nearly 2. While the venom itself is only painful and not fatal, the allergies of some bite victims require immediate medical attention.
Approximately one per cent of the global population is allergic to ant venom.