Spiders….Big As Your Fist…New Species Found In Mexico

By  | April 15, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

A new species of large cave-dwelling spider, the Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider, has been discovered in Mexico. (Now hurry up build that wall!)

The Sierra Cacachilas, related to the notoriously venomous Brazilian wandering spider, was found in a small mountain range outside of La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Researchers first found the unusual arachnid’s huge exoskeleton and returned at night to capture the very first glimpse of the new spider species.

The newly-discovered Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider. Wandering spiders have a distinct eye pattern

“The exoskeleton was abnormally big and I could tell by the eye pattern that it was in a group of spiders, wandering spiders from the Family Ctenidae, with very few species in Baja California Sur.”

Dr. Maria Luisa Jimenez, an expert on spiders in the region, said she was shocked by the size of the spider, which has two terrifying red fangs and can grow up to 10cm in length.
The discovery was published in peer-reviewed journal Zootaxa in March.
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