19 Aug 2012

New spider discovered in US

4:46 am on 19 August 2012

Scientists in the United States have found a new family of spiders in the caves of California and Oregon - the first such discovery in North America for more than 120 years.

The spider spans more than 7cm with its legs extended, and has pointed claws.

Scientists have named it Troglo-raptor, or cave robber.