February 22, 2022 — A new species of desert burrow-dwelling spiders not known to the scientific community have been discovered by Israeli researchers in the southern part of the country.

The spider, which constructs silk-lined nests in burrows, was discovered by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University during the five-year monitoring of oil spill effects on the species. The species was discovered in the southeastern Arava valley.

The velvety black spider was named Sahastata aravaensis – based on its habitat. It belongs to the Sahastata genus of the Filistatinae family, also known as the crevice weaver family.

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