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30 new spider species discovered in China

By T.K. Randall
December 7, 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)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Use your brain 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
I have mild arachnophobia so yeah ....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ganden 8 years ago
That's 30 new Chinese 'delicacies', then.
Comment icon #9 Posted by karmakazi 8 years ago
30 new faces of ...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Karasu 8 years ago
I wonder if any of them are radioactive? Spiderman, Spiderman. Does whatever a spider can.
Comment icon #11 Posted by aniknonymous 8 years ago
excellent!! i'm ready to leave this planet now!! bb
Comment icon #12 Posted by HVBovoidell 8 years ago
I think we already have enough spiders.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Cruel_Cahal 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
Seriously? There's not enough nightmare fuel already?
Comment icon #15 Posted by UFO_Monster 8 years ago
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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