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Rare tarantula spotted in Tamil Nadu

Date: 31 August 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Researchers have sighted a critically endangered species of tarantula for the first time beyond its known habitat in the Eastern Ghats.
  • The spider belonging to the genus Poecilotheria, commonly known as the Peacock Parachute Spider or Gooty Tarantula was spotted by a team of researchers from Indigenous Biodiversity Foundation (IBF) in the Pakkamalai Reserve Forests in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu.
  • The species, known to be endemic to India, was found at different locations in the reserve forests. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categorised it as Critically Endangered.