Prague - Czech researcher Milan Rezac has discovered an unknown spider species from the Harpactea family, which he called the "Moravian six-eye spider" (Harpactea Moravica), in the Macocha abyss, south Moravia, he told CTK today.
V propasti Macocha v Moravském krase byl objeven dosud neznámý druh pavouka z čeledi šestiočkovitých. Dostal jméno šestiočka moravská, sdělil 3. července ČTK jeho objevitel Milan Řezáč z entomologického oddělení Výzkumného ústavu rostlinné výroby v Praze. ČTK Řezáč Milan
Rezac, from the etymological section of the Crop Research Institute in Prague, has long been studying spiders.
Six years ago, he found a new poisonous spider species in south Moravia, and called it Eresus Moravicus, that is Moravian ladybird spider.
This time he found a quite large spider in the locality. It has a chestnut brown front part with small dimples.
"Its closest relatives live in Northern Italy," Rezac said.
The spider has developed a special strategy to catch small insects, such as woodlice, that it feeds on.
Unlike other spider species, the males are not devoured by the female after an intercourse but they mate with several females during their life, Rezac said.
The description of the new spider species will be published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, he added.
Rezac became internationally famous five years ago when he discovered a new spider species with a unique and quite brutal reproduction method in Israel, which he called Harpactea Sadistica.
During fertilisation, this male spider is injecting the sperm directly into the female body liquid through his sharp sexual organ resembling a needle.