Spiders, porcupines, lizards and bats. What could they possibly all have in common? Well according to a recent suite of published research, each of these animal groups has a new addition to their ranks.
Scientists working in Sri Lanka have described a new species of tarantula ‘as big as your face’, in the British Tarantula Society’s latest journal. The species has been named Poecilotheria rajaei, and is believed to belong to a group of arachnids known as tiger or parachute spiders. At almost 8 inches across, it is one of the larger species of known spiders.
It is particularly fast-moving and venomous, consistent with the traits tarantulas are infamous for. P. rajaei is also an arboreal species, preferring to live alone in tree crevices. But if its size alone wasn’t enough to terrify arachnophobes, the scientists say that loss of its forested habitat in Sri Lanka is leading to…
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