Discovery: Bernie Sanders spider

A scientist at the University of Vermont and four of his undergraduate students have discovered 15 new species of “smiley-faced” spiders–and named them after, among others, David Attenborough, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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From Eurekalert

151647_web IMAGE: This is a female Bernie Sanders spider — Spintharus berniesandersi — in a lateral view. Composite photo created by undergraduate students in Ingi Agnarsson’s laboratory at the University of Vermont…. view more Credit: Agnarsson lab

A scientist at the University of Vermont and four of his undergraduate students have discovered 15 new species of “smiley-faced” spiders–and named them after, among others, David Attenborough, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

You won’t find them in Washington, DC, Hollywood, or Vermont–but on Caribbean islands and other southern spots you might now get a glimpse of Spintharus davidattenboroughi, S. barackobamai, S. michelleobamaae, and S. berniesandersi as well as S. davidbowiei and S. leonardodicaprioi.

“This was an undergraduate research project,” says Ingi Agnarsson, a spider expert and professor of biology at UVM who led the new study. “In naming these spiders, the students and…

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