Thirty new spider species have been discovered in China, and researchers from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing believe there are still hundreds more just waiting to be found. The amazing discovery was made in the Xishuangbanna tropical rainforest, which is located in the southern part of Yunnan in China. The rainforest is known as the Kingdom of Tropical Fauna and Flora thanks to its amazing biodiversity, according to Nature World News.
Scientists don't know how many undiscovered species remain hidden in the Xishuangbanna tropical rainforest due to its density and difficult terrain. However, the recently discovered 30 new spider species are really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Since 2006, when the study began, researchers have collected 700 spider species in a 500 acre area of Xishuangbanna called Huludao. That's not all, the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers have already collected 100 additional spiders; they just haven't reported them officially yet.
According to the journal ZooKeys, the 30 newly discovered spider species in China were collected using a variety of methods including hand-collecting, sieving, trapping and fogging. Those spiders that were hand collected were gathered from the rainforest's leaf litter, tree trunks and tree canopy.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, an Australian man on vacation in Bali made a horrifying discovery of his own when a blistered red rash developed across his stomach and chest. During a visit to a local doctor, he was told that a spider had crawled through an appendectomy scar on his abdomen and burrowed into his skin. However, experts later said that spiders don't burrow beneath the skin, and the tourist likely had a different eight-legged invader take up residence in his body. The culprit in this disturbing case was probably a mite, not a spider, noted the Inquisitr.
Speaking of spiders, a researcher who wrote about coming across a puppy-sized spider in Guyana wound up arousing anger inadvertently when he blogged about the incident. Piotr Naskrecki received death threats after euthanizing a South American Goliath birdeater in the name of science, the Inquisitr reported. Naskrecki was in the rainforest specifically to catch specimens for the Center for the Study of Biological Diversity at the University of Guyana when he came upon the massive arachnid and harvested it for the university.
What do you think? Does the thought of 30 new spider species keep you up at night? Comments are welcome.
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