New Mexican spider covers itself in soil

Scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico have discovered a new species of spider — that covers itself in soil.

Like all species from its family, the new species Paratropis tuxtlensis’s whole body is encrusted with soil particles, which may physically protect it from predators as well as serving to camouflage it.

The species don’t burrow but rely on their camouflage to hide on the ground and beneath rocks.

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