New spider species discovered in southeast Turkey

New spider species discovered in southeast Turkey

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New spider species discovered in southeast Turkey

A new spider species has been discovered in the southeastern Turkish province of Kilis.

A scientific team led by Gümüşhane University Assistant Professor Dr. Kemal Kurt discovered the new spider species in Kilis’ Akçağıl village, Demirören News Agency reported on Aug. 6.

The species was named after Ersen Aydın Yağmur, who is another assistant professor from the same university who collected the sample from the village.

Now known as Microliobunum erseni Kurt, 2018, the new species has been hailed by Gümüşhane University President Prof. Halil İbrahim Zeybek as a “source of excitement” among the local science community.

An article on the new species has been published in the peer-reviewed Turkish Journal of Zoology.

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