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Chinese Scientists Discover New Species Of Armored Spiders (Photo)

| by Jonathan Wolfe

What’s the only thing creepier than a spider? An armored spider.

A team of Chinese scientists discovered five new species of armored spiders recently. The arachnids make their homes in the caves of southeast China. They get their “armored” nickname due to the number of plates protecting their abdomens that resemble body armor. All armored spiders are part of the Tetrablemmidae family.

The newly discovered species were found at the South China Karst, a UNESCO heritage site. The site spans the provinces Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan and is “unrivaled in terms of the diversity of its features and landscapes” according to UNESCO.

Care to see what one of these armored spiders looks like? Check it out:

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The findings are the latest discovered by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Academy has searched over 2,000 caves in South China Karst over the last 10 years. As a result, the number of known spider species in China has jumped from 2,300 to 4,300.

Sources: Science World Report, Entomology Today