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Scientists find 50 exciting new spider species, and arachnophobes will be thrilled

Scientists find 50 exciting new spider species, and arachnophobes will be thrilled

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The world is full of surprises, and as it turns out, most of them are spiders.

Scientists discovered 50 new spider species during a research trip to Australia’s Cape York Peninsula, including a new species of peacock spider, which dances as part of an elaborate courting ritual, and an ant-eating spider, which imitates its prey.

Robert Raven, a spider expert at the Queensland Museum, said the team did not expect the abundance of life they found in far-north Queensland. One night they put up a white sheet, shone a light and it was simply “pounded” by insects, he recalled. “It was amazing stuff.” Read more…

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