Ecology

Nine New Tarantula Species Identified

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Nine new species of tree-dwelling tarantulas have been identified in central and eastern Brazil, researchers say, bringing the total in the area to 16 species.

Arboreal tarantulas—known from a few tropical places in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean—generally have a lighter build, thinner bodies and longer legs than their ground-living cousins, which better suits them for their forest tree habitats, they said.

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