Haeckel

I know Haeckel was into drawing natural structures, not just actual beasties, but what does the thing in the bottom-right corner have to do with arachnids? Is it an organ? An egg? A cluster of eggs?

Also, can anyone give me a reason for the existence of the pattern on the abdomen of the spider at the bottom (which I’ve also seen in the live version). It’s like a cross between a cone shell and a tabby cat. Is it some kind of camouflage?

Haeckel’s Arachnida

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