US News New species alert: Huge spider discovered in Mexico

10:20  14 april  2017
10:20  14 april  2017 Source:   CBS News

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There’s a new spider in town: specifically, a large, cave-dwelling one found in the mountains of Baja California Sur, Mexico . Worldwide, scientists have discovered and precisely categorized more than one million species of insects and spiders . Huge bomb targets ISIS. Play Video.

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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.”

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SmartNews Keeping you current. Huge New Spider Species Discovered in Mexican Cave. Researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum along with other experts recently unveiled a new spider species found in Mexico that is roughly the size of a softball, reports Deborah Sullivan

The Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider is so different from other species that researchers created a new category for it, the genus Califorctenus, according to the 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.

One member of the expedition team, San Diego Natural History Museum field entomologist Jim Berrian, noted that he was bitten by the newly discovered spider: “I’m still alive,” he said in a statement.

The team has yet to analyze the toxicity of the spider’s venom, according to the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Worldwide, scientists have discovered and precisely categorized more than one million species of insects and spiders. But, researchers say most insects and spiders on the planet have yet to be discovered. They estimate up to five million insects and spiders remain unknown and unnamed -- a job for future generations of entomologists.  

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