NNew Species of Mimicking Spider Camouflaged Like a Dried-Up Leaf Discovered in China Rainforest

A new spider has been discovered in southwestern China with the ability to disguise itself as a dried-up leaf. The spider, belonging to a species previously unknown to the scientific community, is believed to be the first arachnid to employ this uncanny disguise.


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Arachnologist Matjaz Kuntner allegedly discovered the leaf-mimicking spider while on an evening trek through southwestern China's Yunnan Province rainforests in 2011, reports National Geographic. The scientist's headlamp picked out a delicate strand of spider silk among the branches of trees. "If there's a web, there's a spider," Kuntner explained.