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New species of hunting spider discovered in Ecuador

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Three researchers discovered the first Taczanowskia onowoka spider in Ecuador. The new arachnid species was collected in a Waorani community in the Curaray river basin, in the Amazonian province of Pastaza. This new spider species is the first in the country's zoological history to be described exclusively by Ecuadorian scientists.

The spider is part of the Taczanowskia Keyserling group, a genus of the Araneidae family, the third most diverse of all arachnid families. These spiders are found in South America.

The new hunting spider genus is one of the rarest groups of orb-weaving spiders . . .

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