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New tarantula species from Angola distinct with a one-of-a-kind 'horn' on its back

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New tarantula species from Angola distinct with a one-of-a-kind horn on its back

IMAGE: This is an individual of the newly described species (Ceratogyrus attonitifer) in defensive posture (typical typical for baboon spiders) in its natural habitat. view more

A new to science species of tarantula with a peculiar horn-like protuberance sticking out of its back was recently identified from Angola, a largely underexplored country located at the intersection of several Afrotropical ecoregions.

Collected as part of the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project, which aims to uncover the undersampled biodiversity in the entire Okavango catchment of Angola, Namibia and Botswana, thereby paving the way for sustainable conservation in the area, the new arachnid is described in a paper published in the open-access journal African Invertebrates by the team of Drs John Midgley and Ian Engelbrecht.

Although the new spider (Ceratogyrus attonitifer sp.n.) belongs to a group known as horned baboon spiders, the ...

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