An unknown species of orb-weaving spider mimics a leaf

Main report: This Never Before Seen Spider Looks Like a Leaf
(National Geographic)

Scientific Paper: Journal of Arachnology   
New Taxa: Poltys
Categories: Arachnids | New Species
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Scientists stumbled upon the potentially new species in a Chinese rain forest. The arachnid uses its silk to attach leaves to tree branches, and then hides among the branches. The researchers still aren’t sure why the spider does this, but they believe it’s likely to hide from predators or sneak up on prey.   The orb weaving spider from southwest China and Southeast Asia belongs to a taxonomically and biologically unstudied species group within the genus Poltys C. L. Koch, 1843 (Araneidae).

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