PHOTOS: Parachute Spider, New Shrew on 2008 ''Red List''

PHOTOS: Fishing Cat, New Shrew Among At-Risk Species
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Rameshwaram Parachute Spider

Restricted to a handful of plantations on the island of Rameshwaram and the nearby mainland of India, the Rameshwaram parachute spider is a critically endangered tarantula on the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species.

The spider likely numbers fewer than 500 individuals, as its woodland habitat is being destroyed as plantations are converted into tourist destinations.
—Photograph by M. Siliwal/courtesy IUCN
 
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