"A new species of tarantula found scurrying around the forests of Thailand
shimmers with dazzling blue highlights.
Its discoverers have named the beastie Chilobrachys natanicharum
, and say
it's the first tarantula ever identified living in Thailand's mangroves.
Findings like these highlight the value of preserving these natural habitats,
where unique species have carved out small but important ecological niches.
In fact, the spider had been known for some time in the exotic spider trade,
where it was referred to as the Electric Blue Tarantula. However, it had not
been formally described, nor did scientists know where the species made its
Following the discovery last year of the first tarantula in Thailand known to
make its home in bamboo stalks, a Thai team led by arachnologist Narin
Chomphuphuang of Khon Kaen University embarked on an expedition to find these
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