Chulalongkorn University discovers new species of trapdoor spider

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A researcher of Chula­longkorn University announced the discovery of a rare species of spider in Maewong forest and planned to launch a conservation campaign to reduce its risks of extinction.

The Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, announced the discovery of a species of trapdoor spiders in Thailand which belongs to the rarest kind of spiders and only accounts for one percent of the entire spider population.

Biology graduate student Varat Sivayyapram said the newly-found spider, with a scientific name Liphistius Maewongensis, can only be found only in Southeast Asia, Japan, and eastern China. It can make a web in the shape of a lid to close and trap its preys.

The spider, found in Maewong forest of Thailand at the altitude over 1,000 meters above sea level, exists beyond the dinosaur age, showing the abundance of its natural habitat. The Liphistius Maewongensis is the 33rd kind of trapdoor spiders found in Thailand.

Biologist Natapot Warrit said the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, will cooperate with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation to mark the discovery area of the Maewong trapdoor spider for conservation, as well as conduct research on the ancient trapdoor spiders with the use of webs for textile manufacturing.