Arachnids

Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia

Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia

Arachnids, New Species May 8, 2017 at 10:41 am

More than 50 new species of spider, including a peacock spider with a “wonderful courtship behaviour, like dancing”, have been discovered in Queensland Australia’s Cape York region, during a 10-day trip by scientists from the Queensland Museum.  The new arachnids, which are now being formally classified, include a brush-footed trap-door spider, a large black creature that looks like a funnel web with the added power of being able to walk up glass doors; a new species of swift spider, with fuzzy black and white front legs; and several new species of ant spider.

A New Genus species of diplurid Spider from northeast India

A New Genus species of diplurid Spider from northeast India

Arachnids, New Species May 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

The collected specimen differs from all known species and genera from Asia. A detailed comparison of museum material was used to conclude that the specimen is a new species; a new genus is proposed.

Jumping spider that mimics ants found in California Park

Jumping spider that mimics ants found in California Park

Arachnids, New Species April 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Student found spider that mimics ant, believed to be a new species.

Started as a hobby, photographer has documented the discovery of 56 new species

Started as a hobby, photographer has documented the discovery of 56 new species

For Robert Whyte, snapping a photo of an unusual spider has eventually led him to his dream job.

New species of funnel-web spider from Tasmania

New species of funnel-web spider from Tasmania

Arachnids, New Species April 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Nearly 30 species of unidentified Tasmanian spiders have been found by researchers at the Queen Victoria Museum in the past 18 months, highlighting the diversity of the state’s arachnid population and the fact that Tasmania is literally crawling with spiders.  “Our next step is to liaise with spider taxonomists across the world to have these species properly described”, says Queen Victoria Museum Curator of Natural Sciences David Maynard.  

New cave spider from Mexico is as big as a softball

New cave spider from Mexico is as big as a softball

Arachnids, New Species April 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

Researchers at the San Diego Natural History Museum, along with experts from Mexico and Brazil, have described a new species of large cave-dwelling spider. Related to the notoriously venomous Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria fera), the Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider was first discovered on a collaborative research expedition in 2013 into a small mountain range outside of La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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

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

Arachnids, New Species March 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm

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!’Read More

An unknown species of orb-weaving spider mimics a leaf

An unknown species of orb-weaving spider mimics a leaf

Arachnids, New Species January 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

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).

New film: mysterious spiderlings emerge into the safety of a fenced yard.  maybe.

New film: mysterious spiderlings emerge into the safety of a fenced yard. maybe.

Arachnids December 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

In the sticky jungles of South America, a mysterious spider crafts towers out of silk—confounding scientists with its intricate creations.  Baby spiders have now been filmed emerging from the egg sac within the structure’s interior.  Scientists are still still attempting to identify the spider.  Scientists think the web may be an enclosure to prevent ants from getting to the spider hatchlings.  

Two new jumping spiders from India

Two new jumping spiders from India

Arachnids, New Species November 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Dhruv Prajapati, 23, who is pursuing PhD from Sacred Heart College, Kochi in Kerala, in the field of arachnology (study of spiders and related species), has discovered two new species of spiders in Gujarat, India.

New species of trap door spiders identified in Queensland

New species of trap door spiders identified in Queensland

Arachnids, New Species September 22, 2016 at 9:23 am

MGraduate student Jeremy Wilson has even found up to 10 new species of trap door spiders in Lamington National Park in Queensland’s Gold Coast Hinterland, species that build intricate traps. A trapdoor found in the Lamington National Park, one of at least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders discovered in Queensland.

Eleven new species of trapdoor spiders found in Queensland

Eleven new species of trapdoor spiders found in Queensland

Arachnids, New Species September 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm

A scientist has discovered not one, but at least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders in southeast Queensland, hiding in Brisbane forests and national parks throughout the state.  

Two new species of scorpion from Arizona

Two new species of scorpion from Arizona

Arachnids, New Species August 25, 2016 at 11:21 am

A new species of scorpion has been identified inhabiting the Santa Rita and Santa Catalina mountains in southern Arizona. Female P. santarita. Photo Richard Ayrey. Male P. santarita. Photo Richard Ayrey.  

A New Assassin Bug from Tibet

A New Assassin Bug from Tibet

Arachnids, New Species August 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm

The new species represents the first record of Epidaus species from Tibet.

A new scorpion genus from Northern California

A new scorpion genus from Northern California

Arachnids, New Species August 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm

The genus is composed of three species formerly placed in Pseudouroctonus: Graemeloweus iviei , G. glimmei and G. maidu.  Evidence is presented suggesting that Graemeloweus is more closely related to Kovarikia than Pseudouroctonus. Graemeloweus iviei.  

A new cave dwelling whip spider

A new cave dwelling whip spider

Arachnids, New Species June 22, 2016 at 6:47 pm
Seven New Peacock Spider Species Discovered

Seven New Peacock Spider Species Discovered

Arachnids, New Species June 16, 2016 at 8:23 am

Authors Jürgen Otto and David Hill have been identifying and naming new spider species since 2005. Thanks to their efforts, there are now 48 species of peacock spider known to science — including the seven new species that were revealed in May’s edition of the journal Peckhamia.  

A new genus and new species of diplurid spider from northeast India

A new genus and new species of diplurid spider from northeast India

Arachnids, New Species May 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

A new diplurid genus and species is described from northeast India based on a single female specimen.

Citizen Scientist Discovers (Another) New Species of Peacock Spider

Citizen Scientist Discovers (Another) New Species of Peacock Spider

Arachnids, New Species April 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

BBC interviews Stuart Harris, an amateur photographer from Australia who stumbled across a new species of spider, following up Harris’ first discovery of a new species of peacock spider in 2014 .  

New Aussie spider’s terrifying skills

New Aussie spider’s terrifying skills

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species March 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

Australian researchers have named it Dolomedes briangreenei, or Brian for short.  This type of water spider waits on the surface until an insect, small fish, or tadpole comes near. The spider races to grab its quarry and then drags it to the shore to devour it.