Scientists have unearthed a completely new species of spider hiding in sand dunes on the Israel-Jordan border. With a legspan that stretches 5.5 inches, the spider, called Cerbalus aravensis, is the biggest of its type in the Middle East.
The tarantula, named after the famous singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, is only one of fourteen spider species recently discovered in the southwestern United States. This new discovery nearly doubles the number of tarantula species known from the region. Biologists at Auburn University and Millsaps College have described this novel diversity in the open-access journal ZooKeys.
Giant Spider Species Discovered in Middle Eastern Sand Dunes
Redback Spider - This spider might be relatively small compared to other Australian spider species, but it is actually one of the deadliest. The scary thing is that these spiders can be found in suburban backyards hiding under chairs, tables or even play equipment. They are easily distinguishable by the bright strip of red on their body.
Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other orders of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exceptions of air and sea colonization. As of November 2015, at least 45,700 spider species, and 114 families are…