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This Spider Embryo Looks Like a Cute Baby Cthulhu

This Spider Embryo Looks Like a Cute Baby Cthulhu

Anybody who’s read H.P. Lovecraft’s 1926 short story “The Call of Cthulhu” will live forever with the image of a gargantuan and gruesome beast that sleeps in the dark depths of the ocean and the subconscious. The Cthulhu, described by Lovecraft as a combination of “an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature… [with a] pulpy, tentacled head surmounted [on] a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings,” comes from the “nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh,” and rises from its slumber only to torment otherwise healthy minds, as well as slaughter sailors on a whim.

Then there’s Parasteatoda tepidariorum a.k.a. the common house spider, which… doesn’t really do any of that, but does look eerily similar to a baby Cthulhu when in its embryonic form.

The below image of P. tepidariorum in embryo was taken from a research study conducted by a team at Germany’s Göttingen University, which aimed to develop a better idea of the “embryonic origin of the eyes in the common spider.” The study, which found several interesting conclusions about spider eyes, including “[the] development of the [spider’s] individual lateral eyes [occurs] via the subdivision of one single eye primordium,” was published via BioMed Central, and can be found here.

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As far as comparing P. tepidariorum to Cthulhu, you can do that by checking out some deviantART artists’ renderings of Lovecraft’s most famous twisted creation below:

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Artist: JustMick

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Artist: Nathan Rosario

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Artist: veprikov

What do you think about P. tepidariorum and its likeness to the Cthulhu? Is this spider embryo symbolic of some murky, subconscious horror that infests us all, or actually a quite huggable little arachno-baby? Let us know in the comments section below!

HT: Colossal

Feature Image: Göttingen University

Artist Images: deviantART // JustMick deviantART // NathanRosario deviantART // veprikov

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