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Meet the Spider Named After Stormtroopers

Credit: Carlos Perafan

White-armored Stormtroopers in the “Star Wars” movies are practically identical and nearly impossible to tell apart. That uncanny similarity recently inspired a team of scientists who had discovered a new spider genus; the arachnids were so alike each other in size and markings that the researchers named them after the helmeted troops, calling the creatures Stormtropis.

These eight-legged Stormtroopers belong to a family dubbed bald-legged spiders, which are native to South America and Central America.

Like the Stormtroopers, the spiders “are very similar to each other, with some capacity for camouflage”; the sci-fi soldiers and the newfound spiders are also alike in being somewhat clumsy, according to the study. However, there is no evidence (yet) that the spiders, like their movie namesakes, are terrible at hitting moving targets with a blaster.

Full Story: Mindy Weisberger, Live Science


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