Saturday, April 6, 2013

Newly Discovered Giant Tarantula in Sri Lanka

A new tarantula, the Poecilotheria rajaei., has been found and named

The Poecilotheria part is because of the genus, Poecilotheria, or tiger spiders. The "rajaei" part is in honor of a local policeman who helped them in their hunt. (I wonder if he feels honored).

It's big, as in 8 inches (including the legs, which I think one should). How did it stay undiscovered for so long? It's also kind of pretty.

Oh, and lacking old growth forest to live in, it's deciding houses, or at least "old buildings," might make adequate substitutes.

Watch it crawl here.

Both posts on Wired

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