Velociraptor spider discovered in American cave


Male Trogloraptor in the lab. Photo by: Griswold CE, Audisio T, Ledford JM.

From mongabay.com:

Velociraptor spider discovered in Oregon cave (pictures)

Jeremy Hance

August 17, 2012

Scouring the caves of Southwest Oregon, scientists have made the incredible discovery of a fearsome apex predator with massive, sickle claws. No, it’s not the Velociraptor from Jurassic Park: it’s a large spider that is so unique scientists were forced to create a new taxonomic family for it.

“This is something completely new,” lead author of a paper on the species, Charles Griswold with the California Academy of Sciences, told SFGate. “It’s a historic event.”

The discoverers, who published their description paper in the open-access journal Zoo Keys have named the new species Trogloraptor, which translates loosely to “cave robber,” and they have dubbed a new spider family—Trogloraptoridae—to accommodate what they believe is a primitive spider. The full species name is Trogloraptor marchingtoni after one of its discoverers.

See also here. And here.

Elusive cave spider found at one of the UK’s most popular nature reserves: here.

4 thoughts on “Velociraptor spider discovered in American cave

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