The spider family just got a little bigger, thanks to some eagle-eyed researchers in Mexico. Alejandro Valdez from the CARCIB, which is all about those eight-legged wonders, teamed up with the sharp folks at CIBNOR and together, they hit the arachnid jackpot—a brand new species of Black Widow!
Now, Mexico’s got quite the lineup of these crawly critters. There’s the Latrodectus mactans, that classic Black Widow that’s been hanging around in dusty corners. Then there’s the Latrodectus hesperus, the shy cousin who prefers the quieter spots. Don’t forget the Latrodectus geometricus, with patterns that’ll make you do a double-take. And now, making its debut is the Latrodectus occidentalis, ready to join the family portrait.
So, are we stoked or what? Four Black Widows calling Mexico their casa? It’s like a tiny, venomous, eight-legged party down there! Just remember, while they might be fascinating, it’s best to admire these little guys from a safe distance. Let’s leave the up-close investigations to the brave spider pros like Valdez and his team!