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2012’s New Species: Clawed Cave Spiders, Glowing Roaches, Tiny Tarantulas & More

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by findi, 5 Jan 2013.

  1. findi

    findi Well-Known Member

    17 Mar 2011
    Hi All,
    Invertebrate enthusiasts have learned to expect the discovery of fantastic new species on a regular basis. But even old timers such as I were shocked by some that came to light this past year. Large, claw-bearing Cave Robber Spiders, giant bio-luminescent roaches, brilliant arboreal tarantulas, neon-colored freshwater crabs, dive-bombing wasps…the list boggles the mind. Today I’ll highlight a few that have entranced me; please post your own favorites (whether covered here or not) below.
    Cave Robber Spider, Trogloraptor marchingtoni
    The Cave Robber Spider, arguably 2012’s most “otherworldly” discovery, turned up in a place not known for hiding unseen species – southwestern Oregon. In fact, not a single new spider has been described in the USA in the past 130 years.
    Read article here 2012?s New Species include Spiders, Roaches, Millipedes, Wasps That Reptile Blog
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  2. condor

    condor Well-Known Member

    3 Apr 2008
    great blog. I do keep myself fairly up-to-date with new discoveries, but nice to revisit them anyway and I'm sure they'll be entirely new to many.

    While the possible extinction of the glowing roach Lucihormetica luchae is tragic (but natural; for some reason I find it easier to accept extinctions caused by natural events than the ones that involve humans), I believe other members of the genus have the same capability. Some are in the pet trade, but they apparently lose the glow after some time and captive born don't have it all.