Experts have discovered a new poisonous tarantula-like spider that can live for decades at the Florida Zoo in the United States.
Now, nearly a decade later, it was confirmed that this spider had never been described as a mammal in 2012. However, the identity of this creature was still a mystery after more than two years after its birth. first discovery, until the second specimen is recorded. .
Zoo director Frank Ridgley said: “To me, the new spider is like a shiny little black tarantula. They are also ambush predators. Normally they will build their own web in the soft sand. And the door is ajar. They spend their lives in a burrow, waiting for the prey to pass through the trap door, then rush out of the camouflaged lair and grab the prey. “
Rebecca Godwin of the University of Piedmont in Georgia, USA, is the one who identified the Pine Rockland trap spider as a new species. He believes female spiders can live up to 20 years. However, males have a short lifespan. Male spiders leave their burrows after about 7 years of adulthood and die soon after.
Dr Rebecca Godwin said: “The one the zookeepers recently met is a male. They have a rough shell on the front half and a silvery gray belly with a shiny spot on the top. I see them. Pretty cool.” .
There is also a size difference between females and males. While males with their legs outstretched are about the size of a 1 euro coin, females are about 2-3 times the size.
As for the venom of the new spider, Mr. Frank Ridgley shared that for humans, the bite of a spider has the same effect as a bee sting, but is quite dangerous for the small invertebrates that are preyed upon by the spider.
Frank Ridgley said: “Spiders like this often rely on their size and strength to take down their prey. The venom will work to decompose, liquefy the inside of the prey.”
The natural rival of this spider is a bird of prey or a wasp. The greatest danger this species faces is the loss of its habitat.
Dr Ridgley said he was “both excited and nervous about the discovery”. As a scientist, who does not want to be involved in the discovery of new species. It’s like a dream come true.