A new spider is making headlines. The Trogloraptor, which is Latin for “cave robber,” was discovered by amateur cave explorers in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon. The discovery is so unique that entomologists need a new taxonomic family – a first in North America since the 1870s.
Entomologists are very excited about the find. Jonathan Coddington, curator of arachnids at the Smithsonian Institution and associate director for science at the National Museum of Natural History, said, “This is really a distinct event. To walk out in the woods and find an example of an ancient lineage that no one has ever seen before is special.”
The spider, which is reddish brown and about the size of a half dollar, is unique for its large front claws. Scientists are still studying how the spider uses them, however. Charles Griswold, curator of arachnids at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, explains, “We’ve seen these spiders alive. But we haven’t seen them eat anything yet. They are very shy. They make a little web, but hang under this web. They hang some of their legs out in space. This is all in the dark in a cave. We think the legs are stretched out waiting for something to come by, like a fly, and when it hits the legs, the claws may just snap shut.”
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