New Species Of Spider Is Named After A Famous Pixar Character

Spiders don’t tend to be a crowd favorite, and in many cases, we try to avoid them whenever possible.

A fear of spiders, known as arachnophobia, is right up there with some of the biggest fears, such as a fear of heights or a fear of public speaking.

That doesn’t mean that spiders can’t be interesting, especially when a new spider enters the scene. That is the case with a new species of peacock spider discovered in Australia.

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In order to help make it just a little more friendly to those of us who don’t like things with eight legs, they decided to name it after a character in the Finding Nemo movie.

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The research for the Maratus Nemo spider was released by Joseph Schubert of the Victoria Museum.

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It seems as if he named the spider Nemo because it has a “really vibrant orange face with white stripes on it,” according to 9NEWS. He feels that it looks somewhat like a clownfish, but we think it probably still looks like a spider.

23-year-old Schubert is a lover of everything arachnid, and his research has led him to describe 12 new species of the Peacock spider and five new species of the jumping spider.

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Although he was involved with naming and researching the Nemo spider, it was a field officer for Nature Glenelg Trust that discovered the arachnid in South Australia near Mount Gambier.

Pictures were then posted to Facebook by Sheryl Holliday and Mr. Schubert saw them, which prompted him to contact her.

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Not only did she return his call, but she also sent him some live specimens so he could examine them up close and personal. Even though she gets partial credit for the spider, he isn’t one to hog the spotlight.

In fact, he said that “citizen scientists” should continue to look for things because scientists are not able to be everywhere at once.

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According to 9NEWS, he said: “Roughly only 30 percent of Australia’s biodiversity has been formally documented scientifically, so this means we could be losing species before we even knew that they existed.”

At this time, Mr. Schubert is trying to identify additional peacock spider species. He feels that they are one of the more popular spiders because they are “really, really cute.”

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