Spiders are indeed creepy creatures, there’s something about them that sends shivers down your spine. But aside from being creepy and having eight legs, there’s more to know about arachnid.
Apparently, not all spiders have only eight legs, in fact, there is an extremely rare spider that has ten legs. Yes, you read it right, ten freaking legs!
One farmer in China found this unique spider in his home and it turned out to be quite fascinating. The arachnid instantly caught his attention as it is never like any other spiders he has seen before.
The creature has an unusually shaped abdomen like it is some sort of cultural relic.
And it has ten legs, which made him believed it is quite rare.
The farmer, Li Wenhua, decided to investigate and contacted his neighbors to take a look at the rare spider. Later on, he found out that it was actually a member of an ancient species with only limited documentation.
The odd-looking creature was, in fact, a Chinese hourglass spider or called li shi pan fu zhu in Chinese.
Zhao Li, the head of the Insect Museum of West China confirmed the identification.
Mr. Li explained, “The spider has very high value in scientific research. It is an extremely rare species in Sichuan. I had spent great effort trying to find it, but I didn’t see one.”
The Chinese hourglass spider is one of the earliest known spiders ever documented in China. It was rediscovered for the first time in 2000, and it has only been seen six other times since then.
The earliest evidence of the spider can be found in the oldest surviving dictionary called the Er Ya, which was published sometime between the years of 2 B.C.E. and 5 B.C.E.
The Chinese hourglass spider is a trapdoor arachnid. It builds its nest underground, using natural surroundings to keep himself hidden while he searches for prey.
Watch the Chinese hourglass spider in action:
Being so rare, this kind of spider has a great deal of value in scientific research. Of course, it will garner potential buyers that offer a great bid.
The rare spider is still in the care of Li Wenhua as he looks for a buyer who can provide him with commiserate value for the arachnid.