Prethopalpus attenboroughi

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Prethopalpus attenboroughi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Oonopidae
Genus: Prethopalpus
Species: P. attenboroughi
Binomial name
Prethopalpus attenboroughi
Baehr & Harvey, 2012

Prethopalpus attenboroughi (or Attenborough's goblin spider) is a tiny spider named after Sir David Attenborough, that is found only on Horn Island off northern Queensland in Australia. The millimeter-long spider was described in 2012 by Dr Barbara Baehr of the Queensland Museum and Professor Mark Harvey of the Western Australian Museum.[1][2]

The male type specimen was collected in 1986; the female is unknown.[3]

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  1. ^ "Australian spider named after Sir David Attenborough". BBC News. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "New kind of spider which looks like a goblin is named after Sir David Attenborough..." Daily Mail. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ The new Australasian goblin spider genus Prethopalpus (Araneae, Oonopidae) Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 369

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