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30 new spider species discovered in China

Posted on Sunday, 7 December, 2014 | Comment icon 15 comments

Rainforests around the world are under threat. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Diliff
Researchers found the arachnids within less than a single square mile of the Xishuangbanna rainforest.
An area of unparalleled biodiversity, the rainforest in China's southern Yunnan province is thought to be home to at least 700 types of spider and 10,000 plant species, earning it the nickname "Kingdom of Tropical Flora and Fauna."

The new spider species were discovered by a research team from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences during an expedition which aimed to help highlight the importance of conservation efforts in the region.

"The amazing biological diversity we have witnessed during our work on spiders in Huladao is perhaps only a part of what Xishuangbanna tropical rainforests hold," said Professor Shuqiang Li.

Rainforests around the world have been under threat from deforestation for years with some species disappearing entirely due to the widespread destruction of their habitat.

A report from Brazil last month indicated that the Amazon Rainforest, which is home to almost 400 billion trees, is now on the "brink of the abyss" due to deforestation.

Source: Digital Journal | Comments (15)

Tags: China, Xishuangbanna, Spiders

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Use your brain on 7 December, 2014, 18:04
As long as there isn't another one like the Brown Recluse we'll be fine. I'm not scared of spiders in general, just that one.
Comment icon #7 Posted by SolarPlexus on 8 December, 2014, 1:42
I have mild arachnophobia so yeah ....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ganden on 8 December, 2014, 12:12
That's 30 new Chinese 'delicacies', then.
Comment icon #9 Posted by karmakazi on 8 December, 2014, 15:22
30 new faces of ...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Karasu on 8 December, 2014, 17:02
I wonder if any of them are radioactive? Spiderman, Spiderman. Does whatever a spider can.
Comment icon #11 Posted by aniknonymous on 10 December, 2014, 0:33
excellent!! i'm ready to leave this planet now!! bb
Comment icon #12 Posted by HVBovoidell on 11 December, 2014, 5:10
I think we already have enough spiders.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Cruel_Cahal on 12 December, 2014, 21:45
I have mild arachnophobia so yeah .... No kidding. You see those street vendors, on some of those travel shows or documentaries, and they have spiders all cooked up and crisp just sitting on a platter ready to be eaten. Ugh.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Zero Fox FK on 14 December, 2014, 11:39
Seriously? There's not enough nightmare fuel already?
Comment icon #15 Posted by UFO_Monster on 16 December, 2014, 2:19
After becoming acquainted with many a spider in my attic and basement, I'm not afraid of spiders anymore. So I find this discovery neat.

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