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Massive new spider discovered in Sri Lanka

Posted on Friday, 5 April, 2013 | Comment icon 49 comments | News tip by: quasar_kid

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The new species of tarantula was discovered by villagers in the northern part of the war-torn country.

With a leg span that would cover a human face, the Poecilotheria rajaei variety of arachnid is a completely new species that had gone undiscovered until some locals took a specimen they'd killed to a spider expert who had been visiting the region. Researcher Ranil Nanayakkara and his team spent days searching the undergrowth for signs of the creature's living relatives.

"Days of extensive searching in every tree hole and bark peel were rewarded with a female and, to our satisfaction, several juveniles too," he said. The spiders were named after Michael Rajakumar Purajah, the police inspector who helped the team navigate Sri Lanka's war-torn countryside.

"A new species of venomous tarantula has been discovered and its as big as your face."

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Comment icon #40 Posted by Realm on 7 April, 2013, 1:29
This is why I live in Ohio.
Comment icon #41 Posted by justcalmebubba on 7 April, 2013, 1:52
a little grick sum butter add vegy's oh hell yea we got us a hobo barbaque
Comment icon #42 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 7 April, 2013, 10:31
A croc will tear you apart. Anyway Humans are the most terrifying creatures alive
Comment icon #43 Posted by Mikko-kun on 7 April, 2013, 12:21
It's funny how my spider phobia at the same time tells me to cover myself and freeze in fear, and at the same time I want to pet those cute...
Comment icon #44 Posted by Lava_Lady on 8 April, 2013, 11:38
Spider man, help! Please take a looksy at my post and help me identify a spider that jumped on me in the middle of the night! Also, what are those pokey things on it's butt? Thank you! [I] I just want to make sure I did not get bit by a brown recluse so I can get some sleep [/I]
Comment icon #45 Posted by TwilightSilver on 8 April, 2013, 12:10
Am I the only one who thinks that Lars Ulrich has probably tried to sue the blue one for copyright infrigement?
Comment icon #46 Posted by slaughtr on 8 April, 2013, 13:23
I hate spiders they terrify me and after living in the south pacific I've seen some of the illest spiders to man.
Comment icon #47 Posted by B Jenkins on 8 April, 2013, 23:07
That is NOT a brown recluse! Species of Brown Recluse are often identified by the patterns of its leg sizes. I am not sure what it is but it is a completely harmless species. Those pokey things are called the spinnerets. That is where the silk for their webs are spun from.
Comment icon #48 Posted by quasar_kid on 9 April, 2013, 23:53
I'm from Belgium, we only have common house spiders, some of which can grow to a size I've never seen, so I'm thinking certain species are crossbredding with each other due to the climate changes all over the world. We're now experiencing a weird spring. It's still 4 °C outside while it should be inbetween 14 °C - 25 °C. I think once the warm weather continuously begins, we'll be flooded with spiders. Either that, or most native spiders have not survived the long winter or they have emigrated too far.
Comment icon #49 Posted by Heaven Is A Halfpipe on 10 April, 2013, 4:22
Who in god's green earth puts a pet spider in a 100 gallon tank? Most tanks I've seen that people keep spiders in are very, very small. I really don't think anybody can say what intellectual stimulation a spider does or doesn't need. Just because a spider doesn't display the same intelligence or behaviours as a human, it doesn't mean it's not an intelligent creature in its own right. As a matter of fact, some spiders have been shown to be very intelligent. Human intelligence is not the be all and end all nor is it as good as it gets. Mankind is pretty darn stupid... [More]

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