Gollum Spider

gollumWissenschaftler haben eine neue Art von Weberknechten gefunden, die in den Höhlen von Brasilien lebt und im Laufe der Evolution seine Pigmentierung und seine Augen verloren hat. Also haben sie das Vieh nach Gollum benannt.

Scientists in Brazil have just identified a new species of harvestman, or daddy longlegs, and they’ve named it with a playful-but-accurate reference to a character from the Lord of the Rings saga. Iandumoema smeagol is an eyeless, cave-dwelling harvestman named for Smeagol, the hapless hobbit who became slimy cave-dweller Gollum in J.R.R. Tolkien's series of novels (and later, films).

“Its name matches its biology,” says arachnid expert Christopher Buddle of Canada's McGill University, referring to the fact that Smeagol spent years isolated in a cave, eventually growing into the pale, secluded Gollum. Similarly, the arachnid lost most of its pigmentation after generations of living in moist, dark caves.

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