18 new species of spiders that look like pelicans

In 1854, a curious-looking spider was found preserved in 50 million-year-old amber. With an elongated neck-like structure and long mouthparts that protruded from the "head" like an angled beak, the arachnid bore a striking resemblance to a tiny pelican. A few decades later when living pelican spiders were discovered in Madagascar, arachnologists learned that their behavior is as unusual as their appearance, but because these spiders live in remote parts of the world they remained largely unstudied—until recently.

18 new species of spiders that look like pelicans

Once thought extinct, the pelican spiders of Madagascar turn out to be highly diverse. Jeff Glorfeld reports.

Thu 11 Jan 18 from Cosmos Magazine

Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar

In 1854, a curious-looking spider was found preserved in 50 million-year-old amber. With an elongated neck-like structure and long mouthparts that protruded from the "head" like an angled beak, ...

Thu 11 Jan 18 from Phys.org

Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar, Thu 11 Jan 18 from Eurekalert

Experts find 18 new species of 'assassin' Pelican spiders

Researchers from the Smithsonan institute in Washington D.C have identified 26 species of Pelican spiders, of which 18 have never been studied before.

Fri 12 Jan 18 from Daily Mail

Pelican spiders lived 165 million-years-ago and they are 'spider assassins'

Once upon a time, 165 million years ago, there lived a spider who looked like a pelican. About the size of a grain of rice and just as quiet, the pelican spider tiptoed under foliage in the ...

Fri 12 Jan 18 from FOXNews

Biologists discover 18 new species of spiders — and they look just like pelicans

Though they might look goofy, these assassins are ruthless killers.

Fri 12 Jan 18 from ZME Science

Study reveals 18 new pelican spider species

Scientists with the National Museum of Natural History have discovered 18 new species of pelican spider, a group of arachnids that look as absurd as they sound.

Thu 11 Jan 18 from UPI

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