DISCOVERED: A New Species Of TARANTULA AS BIG AS THE HUMAN FACE [W/ VIDEO]
Scientists have discovered a new species of tiger spider living in northern Sri Lanka.
P. rajaei was named after a police inspector, Puraja, who helped the researchers locate the spider.
While examining the spider, the researchers noticed it didn’t look quite like any of the other tiger spiders known to live in Sri Lanka because of its markings and “other significant differences.” After further study, they were able to establish it as a new species.
Tiger spiders typically live in tree hollows, under rocks and, during monsoon season, in human dwellings that are close to forests. The Poecilotheria species exists only in India and Sri Lanka and is known for its colorful markings and remarkable speed – as well as its size.
Tiger spiders are large enough to eat birds, small snakes and mice and catch them using speed and potent venom, rather than webs.
Several species of Poecilotheria are endangered due to loss of habitat.
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