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If you have plans to go spelunking in Oregon, you might want to pack a few tissues, a flamethrower, and an extra pair of pants. Cave conservationists with the Western Cave Conservancy just released information about a recent discovery made in an Oregon cave, specifically, a new family of spider noted for its long legs that are each fitted with hooks, or claws.

Introducing the Trogloraptor.

The spider, now casually called "The Bigfoot of Spiders" by those who probably have yet to see it, measures up to 3 inches long. Scientists think the Trogloraptor uses its legs (and claws) to snatch insects out of the air.

Scientists, including arachnologists Charles Griswold, Tracy Audisio, and Joel Ledford of the California Academy of Sciences, have been studying the male spider, first discovered near Grants Pass, Oregon, and the female, discovered at No Name Cave in Josephine County, Oregon as a member of the Dysderoidea family. It has six eyes, is likely to have evolved from other spiders about 130 million years ago, and is a close relative of the goblin spider.

What the Trogloraptor eats is still unknown; scientists studying the spider have offered captured specimens an assortment of crickets, moths, and other spiders, which were refused.

Happy caving.

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Claire Lawton
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