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Scientist Searching For Male Spider In New Species

The spider is about as long as a quarter is thick.

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Photo: J.D. Gray

Marc Milne extracted the spider in Johnson County.

If you’ve ever dropped something in the woods at this time of year, you may have sympathy for Marc Milne. He’s a professor at the University of Indianapolis, and he says he believes he found a new species of spider in 2015, but he needs to find the male counterpart.

“Often times when I’m identifying a very large group of spiders, I’m like, I know that. I know that. I know that one, and I came to this one and I didn’t know it,” Milne says.

spider pic

Photo: J.D. Gray

Marc Milne is a professor at the University of Indianapolis.

Milne extracted the spider in Johnson County. It was a part of a bio-blitz, an event where experts are invited to find as many species as possible in a given area.

Millne gathered a bunch of leaves up and brought them back to the lab. With a light on one end, he forced the spiders in a large funnel. As they moved away from the light, they would land in a little jar of alcohol.

“It feels good, but it’s interesting because new species-when it comes to arthropods are really found all the time,” Milne says.

Milne says he usually finds one or two new species each year, and that it’s an example of how little we know about nearby biodiversity.

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