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A group of cave explorers and scientists have made a rare discovery: an entirely new taxonomic family of spider in the caves of southern Oregon. So far, the family consists only of the one species described, which the researchers named Trogloraptor marchingtoni. The species is named after Neil Marchington, a member of the Western Cave Conservancy, who first discovered the spider. The genus name, Trogloraptor, means "cave robber."
It's an apt name for a spider with unique hooks, or claws, on its legs, which the researchers believe are used to snatch flying insects, like midges, out of the air. With its legs outstretched, the spider measures up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) long.
"They're biggish," Griswold said. "But when you're in a cave and it's dark and there's only the beam of your head lamp, they look much bigger. It's quite astonishing to see them hanging from a few threads."
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Thanks for the link.
Always enjoy reading about things like this.
The article didn't say specifically, but it inferred possibly that it may not be poisonous.
It said they 'thought it was a brown recluse, which is poisonous, but it turned out it wasn't. ' (paraphrase, don't have article open anymore sorry).
I understand that obviously it wasn't a brown recluse, however I am still unclear about if it was determined to be dangerous or not?
I guess I could find an email addy and ask the researchers if I really cared.