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