July 23, 2013
A golden orb weaver spider egg case produced a large cluster of spiderlings. The hatchings are significant in that the population in zoos and aquariums has collapsed and the Smithsonian's National Zoo is leading AZA’s (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) SWARM (Safety Web for Arthropod Reproduction and Management) project for the Nephila genus of spiders.
Sexy dancing, coral banded, peppermint, clown, and white spotted shrimp were recently added to the invertebrate collection. Long tentacle anemones, orange corals, hermit crabs, and conehead algae-eating snails are also now on exhibit. Come see them!
Coral gamete collecting equipment and techniques were modified and tested in Hawaii. Also, our staff is collaborating on a new experimental design to study coral in the field at a Smithsonian Institution research station in Belize.