New to Nature No 53: Pterinopelma sazimai

Quentin Wheeler

”A new species of iridescent blue tarantula has been discovered by zoologists in remote and mountainous areas of Brazil

Mostly due to their large size, tarantulas occupy a unique place in popular culture. From Tarzan to Indiana Jones, film-makers have long understood their power to induce arachnophobia in the masses. In São Paulo, researchers Bertani, Nagahama and Fukushima have discovered a beautiful new species of tarantula from Bahia and Minas Gerais, Brazil, that deserves a starring role. Male and juvenile individuals of Pterinopelma sazimai are cryptically coloured in browns and greys, but the female sports a coat of iridescent blue hair that is truly spectacular.”

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