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Monday, May 11, 2009

And speaking of small arachnids... here's one to make you smile

Following up on my Weekly Dose of Cute, here's another little spider that is sure to make you grin. Meet Theridion grallator, perhaps better known as the Hawaiian Happy Face Spider.


This little guy, like the peacock spider, only grows to about 5 mm long, so he's a just as pint-sized as the last one. They're endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian name is nananana makakiʻi (face-patterned spider). Its common name comes from the distinctive marking on its backside - but not all individuals have such a face. Markings are unique to each spider, and vary by region. There are quite a few happy faces morphs:



Anyhow, I just thought that you might need a quick smile - hope these guys gave you one!

6 comments:

Sefarina said...

Wow, although there is very little space in my heart for spiders and such (eek), I have the urgent feeling, that I should smile back. :-)

Allie said...

Seeing as you are moving 1) I think this should be the start to a whole Hawaii-segment 2) Much like Andrew's latin lessons, you should start Hawaiian-pronunciation lessons

Christie Lynn said...

Allie, that's a fantastic idea! I can share Hawaiian native species and how tos ay them, as well as interesting info about them/my travels in Hawai'i.

OK, Allie - lesson one - You ready?

In Hawaiian, a ' mark in a word means to stop and separate the vowel sounds. So in the happy faced spider -

nananana makaki'i:
nah-nah-nah-nah mah-kah-key-ee.

and my favorite fish?
humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa:
hoo-moo-hoo-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-AH-poo-ah-ah.

There! You can say two Hawaiian species already :)

pussreboots said...

I'll have to show these pictures to my son when he gets back from school. He'll think the spider is so cool!

Reese =^..^= said...

Wowee! Those are cool. Scary, but cool!

Allie said...

Christie, do you know what I got out of that? A song stuck in my head!

I'm reading....and I can't get past the first part without thinking:

Nah-nah-nah-nah
nah-nah-nah-nah
hey hey hey
gooooodbyyeee