SCIENCE | 50 New Spiders Discovered In Australia

Arachnophobes have 50 new reasons to be wary of Australia.

During a two-week research mission in the Australian bush, a team of 23 scientists and rangers identified 50 new species of spiders.

In an interview with Australian Geographic (not affiliated with National Geographic), one of the four arachnologists on the expedition, Robert Raven, said the diversity of the spiders found was “mind-blowing.”

According to the magazine’s report, the spiders run from the size of a fingernail to enormous tarantulas whose legs could span the width of a human face. They were found on the Cape York Peninsula, in northern Queensland, Australia.

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