46°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

New spider species discovered at former Test Site

Remember the photos of those big, scary spiders taken by U.S. soldiers in Iraq a few years ago? Turns out this Arabian arachnid has a much smaller cousin living in a desert near you.

Biologists at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) have identified a unique species of spider and named it Hemerotrecha kaboomi. Hemerotrecha refers to its genus — kaboomi to its home at the historical nuclear testing grounds.

Like the spider in Iraq, kaboomi is considered a Solfugid, known more commonly as a sun spider, which is a carnivorous, non-poisonous spider that lives in many deserts throughout the world. But according to NNSS biologist Paul Greger, “kaboomi is smaller than many of its counterparts, measuring only 1 -2 inches in length, and displays subtle taxonomic characteristics that differentiate it from other sun spiders.”

Jack Brookhart and Paula Cushing from the Denver Museum of Science and Nature worked with Greger in 2011 to collect numerous spider specimens at the NNSS. Brookhart and Cushing later formally identified kaboomi as a species unique to the area. “Thirty-nine spider species have been collected at the NNSS over the years,” Greger explained. “So far, kaboomi is the only one that hasn’t been seen anywhere else but the NNSS.”

The sun spider comes in many different varieties. While kaboomi measures just 1-2 inches in length, its cousins living in the Syrian Desert can reach up to 8 inches long. These are also referred to as camel spiders and wind scorpions.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
List: Christmas, holiday events in Pahrump region

Here is a look at Christmas and holiday-related events in the community. See full list at pvtimes.com and in the Nov. 27 Pahrump Valley Times newspaper print edition and in upcoming editions of the newspaper.

Pahrump community joins together for Thanksgiving feast

On a chilly day in the Pahrump Valley with the crispness of autumn singing in the air, hundreds gathered together for an afternoon of companionship, camaraderie and good food at the Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $8 million.

Nevada producers reminded to sign up for program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week reminded producers in Nevada that the nationwide deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program is today, Dec. 6.

Spring Mountain Medical’s toy drive is underway

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Pahrump’s Spring Mountain Medical as doctors and staff are coordinating a toy drive once again this year.

Pahrump’s dust problem drawing state attention, again

Though officials insisted it was not intended to be a threat, a warning of sorts was issued to Nye County last month when an air quality specialist explained that the county must keep a tight handle on its dust problem, otherwise outside governmental agencies could come in to enforce dust control restrictions and regulations.

Search warrant nets arrest at Amargosa Valley facility

Several reports of alleged physical and sexual abuse at an Amargosa Valley behavioral health facility has prompted a Nye County Sheriff’s Office investigation, where at least one person was arrested, according to Lt. Adam Tippetts.

Meadows Bank net income up 21%

Meadows Bank, headquartered in Las Vegas and operating a branch in Pahrump, announced that it posted net income after tax of $13,739,900 in the first nine months of 2019.