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Arachnida

[ə′rak·nəd·ə]
(invertebrate zoology)
A class of arthropods in the subphylum Chelicerata characterized by four pairs of thoracic appendages.
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The Brazilian wandering spider has been classed as the world's most venomous arachnid in Guinness World Records since 2010.
This does not leave me particularly reassured, especially when Duncan continues his discussion of Cyprus' bigger arachnids: "We have a very interesting mix of spiders, which includes largish spiders like the aforementioned tarantula Chaetopelmaolivaceum -- Europe's largest spider." This is a spider, he tells me, which can grow up to 12cm in leg span and may have a body length of up to 4cm (spiders are always measured by body length).
"Although they have eight legs, harvestmen are not spiders; they are more closely related to another arachnid, the scorpion," said author Dr Russell Garwood, a palaeontologist in the University of Manchester's School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences.
However, 400 of the rare arachnids, reared in a special bio-secure pod at the zoo, are to be reintroduced to marshes in Suffolk.
An alien Queen escapes its doomed planet of Arachnids. Frozen in cryogenic stasis for 100,000 years, she finally lands on planet Earth.
Schools, the media, and the future military consisently invoke Nazi terminology and allusions to frame the conflict against the "Arachnids." From the blatant mimicry of Triumph of the Will to the twisted use of Frank Capra's Why We Fight series, Verhoeven cleverly mixes Nazi imagery with the patriotic fervor promoted in American propaganda films from the Second World War.
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS ITV1 Wales, Monday, 10.35pm The residents of an Arizona town are forced to batten down the hatches and reach for the flame-throwers when mutant spiders are created by a toxic waste spill but the rampaging arachnids have 11'ed an insatiable appetite for human flesh.
As there's a bumper crop of arachnids this autumn, I thought I'd try it.
Based on Robert Heinlein's 1959 novel, Starship Troopers depicts an efficient and harmonious world government engaged in an intergalactic struggle against a race of highly-evolved insects called Arachnids. Despite half-hearted efforts to spin the controversy generated by the film, Verhoeven and screenwriter Edward Neumeier seem content to let it remain an ambiguous artifact in which one person's militaristic fantasy is another's biting satire.