7 new spider species get their names from ‘Game of Thrones’ and other hits


Varys from Game of Thrones. Shelob from Lord of the Rings. And, of course, Charlotte. 

They can all be found in caves in Pará, a state in northern Brazil. There, scientists discovered seven new species — and named them all after spiders in pop culture. 

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No, none of them eat hobbits, or befriend curious piglets. But these six-eyed spiders are still pretty cool. Even though they live in caves, they haven’t lost their pigmentation or all of their eyes. (Most spiders, BTW, have eight eyes.) Some of them were even discovered outside of caves.  Read more…

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