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Beware, arachnophobes: Half of spiders are undiscovered

July 30th, 2012

Scientists estimate that approximately 43,000 species of spiders exist today and one individual believes we are only about half way done. Norman Platnick with American Museum of Natural History exclaimed, “I have argued that we are basically halfway through [identifying the world’s spiders]. Some of my colleagues think I am being way to optimistic and we are closer to only 20 percent through.” Scientists will often turn to museum collections to determine the number of identified specimens  because so many in the museums are still unidentified. To learn more please click here.

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