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General Fallacies
Spider fangs

Spiders very rarely bite humans, but that isn't because their fangs are too small; most could bite if they tried.

Daddy long legs illustration

"Daddy-longlegs" means harvestman (not a spider), crane fly (an insect) or pholcid spider, depending on who's talking! So it's really meaningless.

Orb web

Orb (spiral) spider webs are neither the most common type nor the "normal" or standard type of web.

Crab spider, Misumena vatia

All spiders make silk but only about half make a web (silk structure to catch prey); others hunt or wait for prey.

Pseudoscorpion Illustration

All arachnids, not just spiders, have four pairs of legs.

Scorpion illustration

"Arachnid" doesn't just mean spider. The 11 arachnid orders include scorpions, ticks, etc.; spiders are just 1 order of class Arachnida.

Spider illustration

Are spiders insects? No, they're arachnids, as different from insects as birds are from fish!

Map of range

Every spider species has limits to its range; every place has a limited list of spiders that live there.

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