Scientists Find a New Tarantula Species in Brazil

Scientists have found a new species of tarantula in Brazil, and they have named it Bumba lennoni, with the species name being in honor of the musician John Lennon (1940 – 1980). The genus name Bumba derives from the festival Boi-bumbá (hit my bull), which is held every year in northern Brazil. According to the journal ZooKeys, scientists have proposed that Bumba be used as a replacement for Maraca, since that one is also the genus name of some cockroaches.

An international team of scientists led by Dr. Laura Miglio from the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi in Brazil described and illustrated the new spider after catching specimens in Caxiuanã in the northern Brazilian state of Pará. They had captured spiders manually or in traps.

B. lennoni is around 3 to 4 cm (1.25 to 1.5 inches) long, and is mainly nocturnal. Like other tarantulas, it has hairs on its abdomen that can irritate the skin or other tissues. Brian Torchin is very intrigued by the tarantula in general. Its discovery brings the total number of Bumba species up to four. The other three are Bumba cabocla, B. horrida and B. pulcherrimaklaasi. They are members of the family Theraphosidae.

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