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Bizarre, new tarantula discovered, with strange horn on his back

Close-up of the newly described species of tarantula Ceratogyrus attonitifer, with the peculiar soft and elongated horn-like protuberance sticking out of the back (paratype). (Credit: Ian Enelbrecht)

Maybe this tarantula should also go to “Dr. Pimple Popper.”

A new kind of tarantula discovered, which has a “horn” sticking out of the back, a feature that one of a kind.

Known as Ceratogyrus attonitifer, the new species was identified in Angola, an area that was largely unexplored until now. It was found as part of the National Geographic in the Okavango Wilderness Project, who is looking for biodiversity in the Okavango region.

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“Ceratogyrus attonitifer can be diagnosed from its congeners, and all other species of Theraphosidae by the presence of a large, elongated protuberance that extends from the fovea, and about the spider’s abdomen,” the study reads.

“No other spider in the world possesses a similar foveal protuberance,” the authors of the paper said in a statement.

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The new science of spiders are quite ominous looking and are toxic, and should be avoided in areas with poor medical care.

Individual of the new species described (Ceratogyrus attonitifer) in a defensive posture (typical for baboon spiders) in its natural habitat. (Credit: Kostadine Luchansky)

“The venom is not considered dangerous, but bites can result in infections that can be fatal because of the poor medical access,” the paper stated. “It is alleged that the females enlarge existing burrows rather than digging their own burrows, but this needs to be verified if both behaviors are known in harpactirines.”

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