A new species of spider discovered in Baja California Sur has blood-red fangs, eight beady eyes and a legspan as wide as a baseball. Strike three, we're outta here!
The Sierra Cacachilas (Califorctenus cacachilensis) spider's native habitat appears to be rocky caves within a small mountain range in Baja California Sur, Mexico. According to researchers led by Dr. Maria Luisa Jimenez, an expert on the region's spiders, this unusually large predatory spider is related to the notoriously venomous and oft-aggressive Brazilian Wandering Spider.
“The first evidence we found of this species was a shed exoskeleton in the cracks of a rock overhang,” explained Jim Berrian, field entomologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. “When I saw these spiders for the first time, I was very impressed by their size,” added Dr. Jimenez. “In all my experience over the years collecting spiders on the peninsula, I had never seen a spider this large.”
As if being an unusually large (up to 10cm or 4 inches in length) venomous spider isn't freaky enough, Sierra Cacachilas sports a pair of wickedly curved, blood red fangs that would impress Count Dracula himself. Those fangs aren't just for show, either: related Brazilian Wandering Spiders are credited by Guinness World Records as being one of the world's most venomous spiders. (via Telegraph Media Group and Novataxa)