Chinese spider taxonomists have discovered a very beautiful new spider species discovered in the Banna Botanical Garden – the forerunner crab spider.
According to the official website of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lin Yejie, the discoverer of the new species of spider, collected specimens in 2017, but mistakenly identified them as eight-spotted crab spiders. Later, under the guidance of teacher Li Shuqiang from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Through morphological comparison and molecular evidence, it was found that it should be a new species, and it was named the forerunner crab spider.
Not long ago, scientists at the Banna Botanical Garden discovered “spider feeding” and published it in Science, which caused a sensation. In particular, the team led by Li Shuqiang has been engaged in spider taxonomy research in the Banna Botanical Garden for more than ten years, collected hundreds of thousands of specimens, and published more than 300 new species. It is clearly recorded that there are about 700 kinds of spiders in the Banna Botanical Garden.