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Rare spider spotted in Southwest China

By Zhang Huan (People's Daily Online)    18:19, March 20, 2017
Rare spider spotted in Southwest China

Recently, a rare arachnid, suspected to be a Cyclocosmia or "trapdoor spider," was spotted in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, CCTV news reported. The creature belongs to a genus of spiders in the Ctenizidae family. According to its morphological characteristics, it is one of the earliest spiders ever recorded. Only six have ever been found in China. The spider is most commonly seen in the American Southwest, tropical and subtropical areas. The male Cyclocosmia is on average between 23 and 28 millimeters long, while the female measures between 23 and 30 millimeters. 

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