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'Joker' spider named after Joaquin Phoenix

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A newly discovered species of spider with an abdomen covered in striking red and white splotches reminded researchers of Batman comics’ villain the Joker’s iconic face paint—so they named it after the actor Joaquin Phoenix, who starred in 2019’s Joker, reports Mindy Weisberger for Live Science.

The spider in question was dubbed Loureedia phoenixi by spider researchers Alireza Zamani and Yuri Marusik at the University of Turku in Finland who described it in the journal Arthropoda Selecta. The new species is a type of velvet spider, and its genus, that is the first half of its Latin name, was named for Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed.

L. phoenixi was discovered in Iran, reports Rachael Funnell of IFL Science, and it’s the first time researchers have spotted a velvet spider outside the Mediterranean. 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joker-spider-named-after-joaquin-phoenix-180975220/

https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/joker-velvet-spider-named-after-actor-and-animal-rights-activist-joaquin-phoenix/

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Kaikou

I'm not usually a big fan of spiders but this one is pretty dapper. :)

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13 hours ago, Kaikou said:

I'm not usually a big fan of spiders but this one is pretty dapper. :)

It's surprising the difference a splash of colour can make :D I don't like spiders either. 

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