• The Great Fox spider had not been seen since 1993 and was feared to be extinct 
  • Species was found with a torch on Ministry of Defence training ground in Surrey
  • Great Fox injects insect prey with its venom, which liquefies their internal organs

One of Britain's most endangered spiders, the Great Fox, has been sighted for the first time in more than a quarter of a century. 

Conservationists report the sighting of 22 Great Fox spiders in total, including 10 mature males and one mature female, which measures just over two inches (55mm) in diameter including its hairy, spiny legs. 

The specimens were found on a Ministry of Defence (MoD) training area in Surrey by Mike Waite, spider enthusiast at Surrey Wildlife Trust. 

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