- Trogloraptor marchingtoni (pictured), a 4cm beast discovered in an Oregon cave, has given rise to a whole new taxonomic family based on its sickle-like claws. "Almost nothing is known about the new species' behavior; even what it eats remains a mystery. In fact, the researchers have tried feeding captured spiders various foods, but to date the arachnids have refused the offerings and perished."
- Sinopoda scurion, a 6cm cavedweller discovered in Laos, is the first of the 1100 species of huntsman spider without eyes. "We already knew of spiders of this genus from other caves, but they always had eyes and complete pigmentation."
- Prethopalpus attenboroughi, a 1.04mm species of goblin spider discovered on Horn Island in Australia's Torres Strait, is the 2nd species to honor British broadcaster David Attenborough. "It is incredible that in the 21st century our scientists are still documenting and describing so many new species."
“All spiders have a venomous bite, but only a few can be medically dangerous to humans, and the brown recluse is a top concern,” cautions entomologist Jim Fredericks. Omaha resident Dylan Baumann complains, "It's terrifying just thinking that might happen to me." He has killed 40 of the spiders and had 6 visits from the exterminator in an attempt to curb the infestation. Reading such anecdotes, it's hard to keep in mind that on the whole spiders are good for the environment. "The world would be a poorer place without spiders," proclaims Mark Harvey, senior curator at the Western Australian Museum, discussing a new 4cm-wide "albino" trapdoor spider that has yet to be formally named.