The Prague Zoo on Sunday opened a new exhibition featuring one of the
largest wolf spiders ever found in the Czech Republic, a member of largest
species in Europe.
The new wolf spider at the Prague Zoo is about seven centimeters tall. Arachnologist Vladimír Hula, who discovered the female specimen in the Břeclav region, will be on hand to discuss its attributes.
Agile hunters, wolf spiders do not spin webs but rather pounce upon their prey or even chase it over short distances. Some lie in wait in burrows.
According to a recent study, some three percent of the country's spider species have died out and about 50 percent are threatened with extinction. What are the reasons behind the spiders' disappearance? And is it true that there are poisonous spiders migrating to the Czech Republic from the south of Europe?
Czech entomologist Milan Řezáč has discovered an unknown spider species in the Macocha abyss in south Moravia, the ctk news agency reports. The spider is from the Harpactea family and has been given the working name “six-eyed-spider”. Řezáč, who earlier discovered a new spider species in Israel, will publish a description of his latest find in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
A young woman was taken to hospital on Satuday night after suffering a bite from a Sri-Lankan Ornamental Tarantula. The incident reportedly happened at a sports club in Karlovy Vary. The spider, a fast and aggressive breed, was brought in by a group of young people and somehow managed to escape from its glass box. The young woman was bitten after picking it up from the floor for fear someone would tread on it. The spider’s bite is not life threatening although very painful and may cause complications.
A new species of venomous spider has been discovered in South Moravia. Named Eresus Movavicus by its discoverer, Milan Řezáč, it is one of the largest as well as most poisonous spiders in central Europe. Its sting can cause severe fever which can last several hours. The new species has already been registered with the World Spider Catalogue.