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Crypto-What? 5 Things You Should Know About Oregon's Newly Anointed Arachnid


Male and female c. leviathan (left) and male and female c. behemoth (right). Credit: Dr. James Starett.

Male and female c. leviathan (left) and male and female c. behemoth (right). Credit: Dr. James Starett.

Late last month, a new species of Daddy Longlegs joined the ranks of Oregon arachnids known to the scientific world. Dubbed Cryptomaster behemoth by the scientists who discovered it, the beast boasts large, crushing pedipalps and a broad, amber abdomen.

What else should you know about Oregon’s newest arachnid? We talked to spider expert Greta Binford to find out.

1. The Cryptomaster behemoth’s proportions don’t quite match the species’ epic name.

 

 

2. Cryptomaster behemoths aren’t actually spiders at all — but their dining habits are just as terrifying.

 

 

3. There’s a lot of biodiversity in Oregon and new species are being discovered all the time.

 

 

4. In fact, there are plenty of little-known arachnids to be found right in your back yard.

 

 

5. And you don’t have to be a professional to discover a new arachnid.

 

 

Listen to Dave Miller’s full interview with Greta Binford here.

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