These Spiders Won’t Panic at the Disco
With a mirrorball for a body, Chrysometa tenuipes has nothing to worry about when it hits the clubs.
When the music is right and it’s feeling good, the silvery guanine patches on its abdomen will swell and shimmer and turn heads left and right.
When it’s time for a break the patches shrink up and a dull brown overcoat will help deter any unwanted attention.
Want to see this critter for yourself? You’d be better off in the cloud forest of Ecuador’s Chocó region than on the dance floor. That’s where this one was photographed, on an expedition led by National Geographic grantee Nadine Dupérré.
Little is known about the diversity of spiders in Ecuador, but Nadine recently returned with a wealth of new information—plus photos of species never recorded there before.
This tiny blue-bottomed spider is one of them. Though members of the Telemidae family are found in many caves in the western United States, this is the first one identified in South America.
How’s that possible? For starters, it’s less than a millimeter long. For finishers, it lives hidden in the moss of the aforementioned cloud forests.
Despite its small size though, it makes its presence known. A male will rub his hind legs on a ridge on his abdomen to produce sound, though probably not a sound the average human can hear while walking through the jungle.
This terrifying specimen is more than ten times the size of the previous one! It is a true monster, measuring a spine-tingling one centimeter in length.
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