“Spiders Aren’t Animals!” Well, Actually….

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Over the years, literally hundreds of people have told me that spiders are not animals. This seems to happen the majority of the times that the topic of spiders comes up in conversation.  When I reply that spiders are, in fact, animals, the usual response is “Spiders are insects!” This gives me headaches, because (1) spiders aren’t insects, and (2) insects are also animals.

Spiders happen to be my favorite animal, so this is quite confusing to me. Hopefully, this screenshot from my Google-search for “animal definition” will help spread the word that spiders are, indeed, part of the animal kingdom.

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[Spider image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phidippus_audax. Also, I added the red arrow and ellipse to the Google-screenshot, using MS-Paint.]

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2 Responses to “Spiders Aren’t Animals!” Well, Actually….

  1. Under the taxonomic Kingdom of Animalia, their Phylum is Arthropoda (which includes insects and crustaceans ), their Subphylum is Chelicerata (which includes horseshoe crabs), and their Class is Arachnida (which includes scorpions, ticks, and mites).

    Spiders are way cool! But, I don’t really appreciate them running around inside my house. 🙂

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