'Monster' Spider Discovered in Oregon

Well, arachnophobes -- or people who are scared of spiders, probably won't like this next story. Scientists have discovered a new species of arachnid. And they're being described as a monster species.

They're called crypto-master behemoths. Behemoth just means something of monstrous size or power.

The new species look like spiders, but they're actually classified separately by biologists. Scientists say they're closely related to spider-like arachnids sometimes called "daddy longlegs".

Biologists searched across several states in the U.S. and finally found the crypto-masters in Oregon's mountainous regions. Even though they look scary, scientists say this species is actually harmless to people.

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Website Article: Burke Museum, Spider Myths


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PDF: Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet, Spiders In and Around the House


Website Article: Live Science, Newfound Species


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