Three new bird-eating’ tarantulas from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil

Main report: Three New Tarantula Species Discovered in South America
(Sci-News)
Other Reporting: Daily Mail, LiveScience
Scientific Paper: Zookeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Avicularia merianae, Avicularia lynnae, Avicularia caei
Species named for: 17th century illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian , Lynn West, Carlos Eduardo Gurgel Paiola - aka Caê
Categories: Arachnids | New Species
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The Avicularia group contains species of tarantula that live in trees and eat a range of food including insects, bats and even small birds.

One of the new species is named after by naturalist Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) depicting an Avicularia avicularia spider eating a bird (below). Dr Fukushima, the lead author of the research, said: ‘This illustration gave origin to the name of the genus and the popular name birdeater spiders. People (in) that time did not believe in her observations, saying that a spider eating a bird was a female fantasy. But now we know she is right!’

Avicularia lynnae. male Wikipedia

 

Avicularia merianae, female. Image credit: H.-W. Auer

Avicularia caei

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