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A new species of tarantula with a peculiar horn-like structure sticking out of its back was recently identified the team of Drs John Midgley and Ian Engelbrecht. This was collected as part of the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project. Dr Midgley, who is an entomologist here at the KwaZulu Natal Museum, was in central Angola a few years ago to document local invertebrate species. It was there that Dr Midgley first encountered the tarantula, and, along with co-author Dr Engelbrecht, an invertebrate conservation scientist at the South African Biodiversity Institute, described the new species in a recently published paper in the journal African Invertebrates. The new spider (Ceratogyrus attonitifer sp.n.) belongs to a group known as horned baboon spiders, the horn-like structure is not present in all of these species. You can read more about this exciting new discovery on: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/pp-nts021219.php  and on the African Invertebrates Website: https://africaninvertebrates.pensoft.net/. 

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