There's a tarantula named after Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Kankuamo marquezi tarantula is found in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia. 

Scientists have discovered a new species of tarantula in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, and they named it after Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Its name is Kankuamo marquezi.

Tarantulas normally subdue their enemies by shooting a ball of barbed hair into the air, they can penetrate their enemy's skin or mucous and cause irritation. Instead the Kankuamo marquezi stabs its butt's hairs directly into their enemy's body.

The full description of the tarantula is available in the journal ZooKeys where an article was published last week. In fact they've said the new tarantula's defense hair and genitalia are so unique this spider belongs to a new genus.

The team of universities who found the spider are from Uruguay and Colombia. The name of the genus, Kankuamo, makes reference to an indigenous group of the Chibcha family from the Caribbean region of Colombia and live in the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Marquezi, the species name, as you've may notice was given in honor of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature for "One hundred years of solitude."


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