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Ninetieth Spider Species Settles in Iceland

The latest immigrant in Iceland is long-legged, elegant, hairy and very beautiful, according to exterminator Guðmundur Óli Scheving. He estimates that the spider is the ninetieth species to settle in the country.


The spider was discovered by a gardener. Archive photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The spider was recently discovered by landscape gardener Birgir Eiríksson. He is a friend of Guðmundur, an exterminator with 30 years of experience who keeps a registry of vermin in the country, reports.

“It is among the largest I’ve seen,” Guðmundur said of the spider. “I was about to have it analyzed [on Wednesday] but all of our scientists are on vacation so I’m not entirely sure what species it belongs to.”

“It is a very beautiful animal and I intend to protect it. I guess I’ll take it to the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and donate it to them,” Guðmundur concluded.

Birgir was impressed by the spider but not as fond of it as his pal. “It was much larger and more powerful than the spiders I’ve seen before. […] It has sturdier legs and a much bigger jaw.”

Click here to see a picture of the spider.


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