Pretty cool, a newly discovered spider in Malaysia has been named after David Bowie. Naming endagered animals after celebrities is apparently not just a PR trick, it is a PR trick in this case to help put more spiders on the endagered species lists. Obviously the spider connection is clear, so lets hope it works – there’s only 500 of these particular beasties left in the world. Telegraph article here.
I am currently living in a cellar apartment and I am seeing a few more large spiders than I am altogether comfortable with… One just walked out of the room that was in the area of 7 to 9 centimetres across (don’t know how many inches that is, but it is several).
Also in the animal news, a new species of rat the size of a cat has been discovered. Seems like a peaceful follow, though.