Scientists discovered a rare spider in Guyana, South America.

If you thought the radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker was amazing, you haven’t seen this blue tarantula.

The researchers are from the Global Wildlife Conservation that went hunting through the forests for exciting new species and this is just 1 out of 30 new species they found in the Kaieteur National Park, which includes:

  • 3 plants
  • 5 dragonflies
  • 6 fish
  • 15 swimming beetles

“Guyana is one of the world’s most important countries for biodiversity conservation with the second highest percentage of forest cover on Earth, high levels of biological diversity and species that are found nowhere else.” — Global Wildlife Conservation spokesperson

In case you don’t know, there are actually already 40 different kinds of blue spiders in the world with another blue tarantula found only in a very small region of India. It’s categorized as “critically endangered” because of this limited habitat and since that location’s pollution and is getting worse and worse. That one is bright blue with white stripes and called poecilotheria metallica.

In a 2015 study of blue tarantulas leader, Mr. Bor-Kai Hsiung told the BBC: ‘It evolved from multiple origins and different mechanisms produce the very same blue color. That’s very strong evidence to suggest that this blue color has a very important visual signaling function. But if it’s not for other tarantulas, then it must be to some other receivers out there.’

Sources:

  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5122119/BLUE-tarantula-one-30-new-species-discovered.html#ixzz50bH9iSZM

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