Academic journal article Journal of College Science Teaching

Newly Discovered Spider

Academic journal article Journal of College Science Teaching

Newly Discovered Spider

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A new and previously unknown species of spider has been discovered in the dune of the Sands of Samar in the southern Arava region by a team of scientists from the department of biology at the University of Haifa-Oranim in Israel. Unfortunately, its habitat is endangered. "The discovery of this new spider illustrates our obligation to preserve the dune," says Dr. Shanas, who headed the team of scientists.

The Sands of Samar are the last remaining sand dune in Israeli territory in the southern Arava region. In the past, the sands stretched across some 7 square kilometers, but due to the rezoning of areas for agriculture and sand quarries, the sands have been reduced to fewer than 3 square kilometers.

During a course of studies that Dr. Shanas's research team has carried out in the region, they discovered this new spider, a member of the Cerbalus genus. It has been given the name Cerbalus aravensis. Researchers say that this spider's leg span can reach up to 14 cm, which makes it the largest spider of its type in the Middle East. …

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