A new type of tarantula about the size of your face has been found in northern Sri Lanka. Scientists found the spiders — with a leg span up to 8 inches across — living in trees and the old doctor’s quarters of a hospital in Mankulam.

Covered in beautiful, ornate markings, the spiders belong to the genus Poecilotheria, known as “Pokies” for short. These are the tiger spiders, an arboreal group indigenous to India and Sri Lanka that are known for being colorful, fast, and venomous. As a group, the spiders are related to a class of South American tarantula that includes the Goliath bird-eater, the world’s largest.

The new spider, named Poecilotheria rajaei after a local police inspector who helped the team navigate post-civil war northern Sri Lanka, differs from similar species primarily in the markings on its legs and underside, which bears a pink abdominal band. [continue]

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Beautiful creature, as long as it is not over my bed. LOL

I'm with ya! Spiders are beautiful and interesting....from a distance...and as long as they're not moving in my general direction. 

What a beautiful spider. Thank you so very much Dallas.

Steph, you are so calm! Wish I had your reaction.

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I started to perspire reading the article; the photo sends shivers down my back and goose bumps on my skin. Guess I am not a spider person, even at this age.

A beauty - as long as it stays over there!

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