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Cave spiders found under a manhole cover

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:51 PM

A colony of rare spiders which normally live in caves and tunnels has been found under a manhole cover in Norwich.

The Meta bourneti species of cave spider live in total darkness but about 20 have been spotted at bioscience research site John Innes Centre.

Cave spiders are among the biggest spiders found in the UK and can measure up to 7cm (2.8in).

The Meta bourneti species is "very rare" according to the centre, with just two previous recordings in Norfolk.


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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:42 AM

Well, I suppose if it's going to live in a populated center, a manhole is just as good as a cave...but remind me not to apply for that type of job in Norwich. Spiders--ugh.

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