This jumping spider of the Orthus
genus is one of 50 potentially new spider species found in a Papua New Guinea rain forest
, Conservation International announced on March 25, 2009.
Three new spider genera—the classification between family and species—were found during the 2008 expedition to the country's Kaijende uplands.
These discoveries will help scientists figure out how jumping spiders evolved, Wayne Maddison of the University of British Columbia said in a statement. The university co-led the research trip with CI, Montclair State University in New Jersey, and local people.
The new jumping spiders represent "strikingly distinctive evolutionary lineages that had been unknown before, with a group that is already very distinctive on the evolutionary tree of jumping spiders," Maddison said.
• More Photos in the News
• Today's 15 Most Read Stories
• Free Email Newsletter: Photo of the Month
Photograph by Wayne Maddison, courtesy CI