Wednesday, 28 January 2015

5 New Species of 'Shimmering' Goblin Spider Discovered

by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Contributing Writer | January 28, 2015 07:07am ET

Five new species of tiny, shimmering spiders have been discovered in Madagascar, according to a new study.

The new species belong to the family of goblin spiders, which are extremely small arachnids with body lengths ranging from about 0.04 to 0.12 inches (1 to 3 millimeters).

In the study, researchers looked at 326 spider specimens they had previously collected in Madagascar over the course of a few years. After examining the spiders' physical characteristics, such as their genitalia, the investigators determined that the animals should be classified as five species under a new genus that they namedVolborattella.

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