Arachnids

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 .  

The wave spider, named Brian: a new Aussi water spider with terrifying skills

The wave spider, named Brian: a new Aussi water spider with 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.

Eight New Whip Spider Species Found in Brazil

Eight New Whip Spider Species Found in Brazil

Arachnids, New Species February 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Eight new whip spider species have been found in the Brazilian Amazon, almost doubling the number of known charinid whip spider species in Brazil, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.  Scientists have thought the Amazon may be home to diverse whip spider species, but few have been described. The authors of this paper describe eight new species from the genus Charinus from the Brazilian Amazon: C. bichuetteae, C. bonaldoi, C. carajas, C. ferreus, C. guto, C. orientalis, C. brescoviti, and C. ricardoi. PLOS ONE

Pop star species from the Johnny Cash spider to the Beyoncé horsefly

Pop star species from the Johnny Cash spider to the Beyoncé horsefly

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species February 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Scientists have just named a new species of tarantula after Johnny Cash. What other pop legends have received similar taxonomic treatment?  

14 New Species of Tarantula.  One dressed in black, found near Folsom Prison named for Johnny Cash.

14 New Species of Tarantula. One dressed in black, found near Folsom Prison named for Johnny Cash.

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species February 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

A challenging, years-long survey has uncovered 14 new species of tarantula, including one named after Johnny Cash. National Geographic. Photography by Dr. Chris A Hamilton.  

Large New Species of Harvestman from Oregon Only the Second in Its Genus

Large New Species of Harvestman from Oregon Only the Second in Its Genus

Arachnids, New Species January 26, 2016 at 12:00 am

Harvestmen are arachnids that are often mistaken for spiders. However, they are not even in the same order – spiders belong to Araneae, while harvestmen belong to Opiliones. In the U.S., harvestmen are often called ”daddy-longlegs” and are sometimes mistaken for cellar spiders in the family Pholcidae. A newly discovered species, however, does not resemble the thin-legged harvestmen that most people see. Known as Cryptomaster behemoth, it belongs to the suborder Laniatores, members of which are characterized by having relatively short legs.

New Spider Species Found, Plays Peekaboo to Attract Mates

New Spider Species Found, Plays Peekaboo to Attract Mates

Arachnids, New Species January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

The newly discovered jumping spider of Australia is “the most amazing one I’ve seen,” expert says.  See video of the spider’s unsual paddle-waving to interest its mate.  

New Arachnid Named for Lord of the Rings Character

New Arachnid Named for Lord of the Rings Character

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species November 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New species of spider discovered at Asola Bhatti Sanctu…

New species of spider discovered at Asola Bhatti Sanctu…

Arachnids, New Species October 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Four new species of huntsman spiders have been discover…

Four new species of huntsman spiders have been discover…

Arachnids, New Species September 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Venomous, Tree-Dwelling Spiders Surprise Scientists

Venomous, Tree-Dwelling Spiders Surprise Scientists

Arachnids, New Species September 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found in Austral…

Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found in Austral…

Arachnids, New Species September 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Flying Spiders Found and They Can Steer in Mid-Air

Flying Spiders Found and They Can Steer in Mid-Air

Arachnids, New Species August 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New Scorpion Species Discovered from Kerala

New Scorpion Species Discovered from Kerala

Arachnids, New Species August 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

A group of researchers have discovered a new scorpion species of the genus Buthoscorpio Werner, 1936 from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Idukki. The new species has been named ‘Busthoscorpio chinnarensis’.