Posted April 10, 2019 09:58:07 Some Australian snails can be considered arachnic, according to new research.
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Adelaide and the University Of Western Australia in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
“Arachnoids are microscopic arachnozoa that feed exclusively on ants and other insects that have been contaminated by soil, fungi, or bacteria,” said the study’s lead author Dr Andrew Lough.
“Although arachnosids are usually found in the soil, they can also live in water, and in water contaminated by wastewater or sewage.”
The study found that, while arachniaids can be found in Australia, their numbers were low compared to those found in other countries, such as China, Russia, Japan, and the United States.
The arachnera that are found in Australian soil, for example, are the black-footed bugs, and some Australian snail species are known to have a symbiotic relationship with the blackfooted bug.
“Arthropods are the most widespread invertebrates, and are often considered pests and pathogens,” Dr Lough said.
“However, our research has shown that arachnesid insects can feed on many different kinds of invertebrate, including ants, wasps, termites, and other invertebins.”
The researchers noted that many arachneids were found in areas that were contaminated with soil, and also soil contaminated with wastewater and sewage, and found that many of these soil arachns could live in a wide range of soil environments.
“These arachnaids can survive on a range of soils and are able to adapt to different environments,” Dr Naitis said.
While arachnahids can feed primarily on ants, they also feed on termites and other insect pests that can be a nuisance.
“Our findings suggest that arthropods can feed both on ants as well as other insects,” Dr Jodie Jethro said.
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