Pelican spider. Image by: Robert Whyte / Greg Anderson via Wikipedia
18 new species added to the pelican spiders family

A new scientific publication describes 18 new species of spiders from the family of Archaeidae also know as pelican spiders. The amazing discovery was done by researchers from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. They analyzed anatomically and genetically pelican spider specimens from museums but also live specimens.

These spiders (popularly know as assassin spiders) are small in size, leaving in leaf litter. They have “necks” that are elongated resembling the peak of a pelican. In total there are around 70 species identified but the above research raises the possibility that there might be many more still undiscovered.

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