SCIENCE IN PICS: Cave Robber Spider

August 17, 2012 Updated: September 29, 2015
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A male Trogloraptor photographed in the lab. (Griswold CE, Audisio T, Ledford JM)

A new spider species and arachnid family has been discovered in coastal forests of western North America.

Known as Trogloraptor, meaning cave robber, this large spider lives on cave ceilings and has unique long claws, which it probably uses for hunting.

The spider is about four centimeters (1.6 inches) wide, including its legs, and suspends itself below basic webs on cave roofs. Its actual distribution is unknown.

Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences collected specimens for analysis and described the new spider family.

Their findings were detailed in the open access journal Zookeys on Aug. 10.

Read the research paper here.

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These are the remarkable, raptor-like claws of Trogloraptor. (Griswold CE, Audisio T, Ledford JM)

 

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