Florida now home to venomous new tarantula species

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Florida has finally found a new spider that is not an invasive species — but it's not for the squeamish.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Show new spider from many sides, then moving in its trapdoor home
2. Map zoom, from global to local, highlighting first Florida, then Miami zoo
3. Show scientist's tool as it is used to open trapdoor, spider jumps up to doorway
4. Show spider being eaten by bird, show wasp injecting eggs into spider's abdomen
5. Show spider being eaten by wasp larvae, many larvae coming out of spider's abdomen
6. Show aerial view of spider's small habitat around zoo, hemmed in by city blocks

VOICEOVER (in English):
The Miami Herald reports that scientists have found a new species of venomous spider in Miami that looks like a small, shiny black tarantula.

It's called the Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider and it is indeed a relative of the tarantula.

The new spider was first found on the grounds of Zoo Miami. With legs extended, the female can measure up to seven centimeters wide.

This is a trapdoor spider — meaning it lives in a burrow with a hinged cover, like a trapdoor, to hide from predators and ambush unlucky prey.

Luckily, the spider's bite is only as painful as a bee's sting to humans.

The spiders themselves can be eaten by birds and they can be targeted by wasps, who inject wasp eggs into them, which would later hatch as larvas and then devour the spider from the inside.

However, the biggest danger to the arachnid is the loss of its habitat.

The first specimen was found in critically endangered pine rockland forest surrounding Zoo Miami.

It is likely that this species is limited to this small area of threatened habitat, which means it could be threatened itself.


SOURCES: Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article250668214.html
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/environment/fl-ne-pine-rockland-trapdoor-spider-20210419-26b3wd2msrge5j6uzb5b2f6d7a-story.html