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Massive New Spider with Red Fangs Found in Baja

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April 14, 2017
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The new spider, the Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider, poses in this hairy closeup (San Diego Natural History Museum)

There’s a new spider in town: specifically, a large, cave-dwelling one found in the mountains of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The spider was first spotted on a research expedition back in 2013 in La Paz, Baja California.

It took four years, but scientists have formally confirmed that this spider is not only a new species, but belongs to a genus never seen before. The discovery was published in the March issue of the journal Zootaxa.

“When I saw these spiders for the first time, I was very impressed by their size,” Dr. Maria Luisa Jimenez, a researcher at Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste and member of the international expedition team, said in a statement. “In all my experience over the years collecting spiders on the peninsula, I had never seen a spider this large. I suspected that something new was waiting to be described.”

The Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider is so different from other species that researchers created a new category for it, the genus Califorctenus (San Diego Natural History Museum)

The spider is in the same family as the much-feared, venomous Brazilian wandering spider. But it’s not as dangerous to humans as the Brazilian wandering spider.

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