Entomologists in Thailand have been stunned by an electrifying new species of tarantula found in the southern part of the country.
The spider, known as the Chilobrachys natanicharum, has a “blue-violet hue resembling the color of electrical sparks,” researchers from the Entomology Museum at Khon Kaen University and the Natural History Museum of the National Science Museum said in a paper announcing the find. They called the tarantula’s rare color an “enchanting phenomenon.”
“The blue coloration in animals is a fascinating and relatively rare phenomenon in nature,” researchers said. “Blue color in tarantulas is a unique instance of structural colors that evolved independently at least eight times.”
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