Newfound Spider Species Looks like A Leaf

Newfound Spider Species Looks like A Leaf

A new species of spiders has been found in the rainforests of China recently. This never before seen species is unique in its type and it seems to you that it is attached to a leaf.

Photo: Arachnura female, M. Kuntner

In general this camouflage also helps to hide from predators but this animal remains invisible with the help of masquerading that allows him to resemble a leaf. The disguise of this newfound species is so good that even the researchers find them with great difficulty. They cannot spot them and that is why very few leaf- mimicking spiders have been collected so far. Yes, the kingdom of animals is so various and each species should survive somehow. This is the way this spider survives.

Like leaves this leaf-mimicking spider is brownish green in color. It has a structure which resembles neck and it connects its head and chest to its abdomen. The most amazing feature of this species is that its teardrop- shaped body even has such markings that are similar to the veins of a leaf. If you don’t know before that it is a spider you will never distinguish it from the other leaves.

At first the researchers noted a female spider. It was hairy and its underside was brown. It was mimicking a dead leaf attached to the branch. Coming closer to her they thought that it was a new species. After finding this female spider they were able to find a juvenile male, too. Then, they went to museums to see if they could turn up more specimens. But there was one similar specimen in the museum which had been found in Vietnam and which belonged to Poltys genus. So, the fact of the new species of leaf like spiders was confirmed.

The team of researchers still examines this species as nowadays not so much information is available about them. They have shown mysterious habits and are active mostly during night time. This is one of the rare types of nature that leaves anybody in a shock with its unique features and extraordinary look. 

This newfound spider species is really wonderful and when you look at him you just cannot differentiate it from other leaves unless you look at it so closer.

Photo: Arachnura female, M. Kuntner

Everybody gets amazed by its features and this is a great example of the fact that this world has much more to offer and to make us be surprised at.

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