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New 'Cave Robber' Spider Found in Oregon

Science & Tech  (tags: discovery, spider, Oregon, science, environment, caves )

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Amateur cave explorers have found a new family of spiders in southern Oregon that scientists have dubbed Trogloraptor, or cave robber, for its fearsome front claws.

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Michael O (176)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:17 am
The spelunkers sent specimens to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Entomologists there say the spider evolved so distinctly that it requires its own taxonomic family the first new spider family from North America since 1870.

The species name, marchingtoni, honours Douglas County sheriff's Deputy Dave Marchington, who led scientists to the cave outside Grants Pass.

Academy entomologist Charles Griswold says the spider spins a crude web, but scientists don't know yet what or how it eats.

The discovery is described in the online edition of the journal ZooKeys.


Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:27 am
Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 11:45 am
interesting thanks

linda b (31)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:32 pm

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday August 20, 2012, 7:31 am

Past Member (0)
Monday August 20, 2012, 9:14 am
Wow! That's awesome!

Sally M (72)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:12 am
Never thought I'd say "cool" to a spider...........wonder if it's poisonous? These spelunkers must have sharp eyes to spot a 'new' spider, looks rather like any other spider to me. I wonder------ since the scientists don't know what it eats or even how.....are they able to keep it alive so far? Did they spot it because it's so big? Or was it aggressive, or why did it catch their attention? I have a friend in Grants Pass, so I'm sending your article and your comments too..........she'll be interested and keep a watch out for them as perhaps they do live in other places too. She volunteers at a wildlife rehab. center and may be able to find out more info. Thanks for an article of interesting news.

John B (185)
Monday August 20, 2012, 5:22 pm
Thanks Michael for the link to the CBC article. Exciting news. Read and noted.

Seda A (4)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:39 pm
very interesting topic

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 7:56 am

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 1:15 pm
Oh wow....! The spider looks like a Brown Reclute

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 6:28 pm
Neat critter. I hope it survives contact with humanity...

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 6:29 pm
One more member of the family of life discovered. It's a good day.

Rin S (10)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 3:18 am
Wow, interesting. It looks terrifying though, wouldn't want to go near it, personally.

Sam E M (0)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 3:21 am
If the scientists don't yet know what or how these spiders eat then we must assume that either the spelunkers sent dead specimens or they died in the lab, or if they're still alive how are they surviving without anyone seeing them eat?
So it seems that several are already dead due to human intervention. Nice one, I don't think.
I don't see any 'fearsome front claws' on the one photographed.

Justin M (2)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 5:39 am
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