Bizarre, new discovered tarantula with a strange horn on the back

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Maybe this tarantula must also go to "Dr. Pimple Popper".

A new species of tarantula has been discovered. This one has a "horn" coming out of his back, a unique feature.

Known as Ceratogyrus attonitifer, the new species has been identified in Angola, a region largely unexplored until now. It was discovered as part of the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project, which studies biodiversity in the Okavango region.

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"Ceratogyrus attonitifer can be diagnosed in its congeners, as well as in all other species of Theraphosidae, thanks to the presence of a large elongated protuberance extending out of the fovea and over the belly of the spider," says the study.

"No other spider in the world has a similar foveal protuberance," the article's authors said in a statement.

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The new scientific spiders are rather sinister and venomous. They should be avoided in areas where medical care is inadequate.

Individual of newly described species (Ceratogyrus attonitifer) in defensive position (typical of baboon spiders) in its natural habitat. (Credit: Kostadine Luchansky)

Individual of newly described species (Ceratogyrus attonitifer) in defensive position (typical of baboon spiders) in its natural habitat. (Credit: Kostadine Luchansky)

"The venom is not considered dangerous, but bites can cause infections that can be fatal due to poor access to medical care," the paper says. "It is claimed that females widen existing burrows rather than dig their own burrows, although this needs to be verified because both behaviors are known in harpactirines."

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