Researchers from the Queensland Museum in Australia have recently made an exciting discovery – a new species of trapdoor spider in the eastern state of Queensland. Known as Euoplos Dignitas,
this spider builds burrows in the dark soils of the region and is only found in the Brigalow belt in central Queensland. What sets this spider apart is its size, with females able to reach up to 5 centimeters in body length, making them one of the largest trapdoor spiders on record. Despite their impressive size, they pose no danger to humans as their venom is only used to subdue their prey. Unfortunately, the species is believed to be endangered due to logging and human activity in the area, with researchers warning that more needs to be done to understand the extent of the threat to this important species. The discovery of Euoplos Dignitas has been published in the “Journal of Arachnology”.