Trogloraptor ( cave robber) is a new genus and species of a new family Trogloraporidae discovered by citizen scientists in some privately owned caves in southern Oregon (Grant's Pass area) and also in thick undergrowth in old growth redwood forests of northern California. This is only the third new spider family discovered in the world since 1990 and the first in North America since 1870! These kinds of discoveries don't just happen every day folks!!!
|C. California Academy of Sciences|
|California Academy of Sciences|
But what is not surprising is that this find would be from the unique coastal forest belt from northern California through British Columbia. Now there is some very unique habitats, full of all kinds of nooks and crannies- chopped up by big rivers, mountains and forests- just ripe for unique cryptids, relicts, and speciations. What other discoveries await us from this region?
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