The species was discovered by an American arachnologist named J. H. Emerton, in June 1901. During that summer month, he and another arachnologist, George Peckham, stumbled on the species while going through salt marshes. At first, they thought it was a spiderling of the same species named H. coecatus. But it turned out to be just a different species of a different size. Even today, people can still find the creatures in the same place as they were found in. George Peckham and his daughter published the studies in North America, and also coauthored a seminal work.
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