Rare Yellow Hairy Malaysian Spider Named for David Bowie


The Guardian reports on Heteropoda davidbowie: "The giant yellow – and very hairy – spider…is the most recent discovery of German spider specialist Peter Jäger, who has found 200 new species in the past 10 years. Most
of these arachnids are endangered, and by naming spiders after
celebrities Jäger hopes to attract public attention to the dangers
facing each species. 'It is working against time,' he says. 'Along with
the species, we are also quickly losing genetic resources that have
evolved over more than 300 million years.'"