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Who's there? by melvynyeo Who's there? by melvynyeo
An exoskeleton of a Portia jumping spider :) Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exoskele…
An exoskeleton is the external skeleton that supports and protects an animal's body, in contrast to the internal skeleton (endoskeleton) of, for example, a human. In popular usage, some of the larger kinds of exoskeletons are known as "shells". Examples of exoskeleton animals include insects such as grasshoppers and cockroaches, and crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters. The shells of the various groups of shelled mollusks, including those of snails, clams, tusk shells, chitons and nautilus, are also exoskeletons.

Some animals, such as the tortoise, have both an endoskeleton and an exoskeleton.

Exoskeletons contain rigid and resistant components that fulfil a set of functional roles including protection, excretion, sensing, support, feeding and acting as a barrier against desiccation in terrestrial organisms. Exoskeletons have a role in defense from pests and predators, support, and in providing an attachment framework for musculature.

Exoskeletons contain chitin; the addition of calcium carbonate makes them harder and stronger.[citation needed]
Ingrowths of the arthropod exoskeleton known as apodemes serve as attachment sites for muscles. These structures are composed of chitin, and are approximately 6 times as strong and twice as stiff as vertebrate tendons. Similar to tendons, apodemes can stretch to store elastic energy for jumping, notably in locusts.
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Wow, this is really neat! I really love the mask-like look of the portion of empty shell that covered the spider's face. For some reason it makes me think of Spider Man a lot. Very cool photograph!
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maryjayne530 Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really cool! I love jumping spiders, but I don't think I've ever seen a photo of the exoskeleton like this. love it
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Superblunder Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is such an interesting photo. It looks so delicate and beautiful (and those amazing eyes are still glistening *-* ). Beautiful photo!
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