A new species of spider has been discovered in Iran, and has been given a name based on Joaquin Phoenix's Joker.
It seems that even the animal kingdom is not safe from the influence of the characters in DC Comics. Since a new species of spider has been named "Loureedia phoenixi" in honor of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker. Which is a different representation of the villain of Batman, which became one of the greatest film hits of 2019.
As detailed by Live Science, the species was first discovered in Iran. It is the first spider of Loureedia (named after the late musician Lou Reed), who was identified outside the Mediterranean region. The name Loureedia phonixi was coined due to a red and white pattern on the back of the males of the species that resembles the iconic smile of the Joker. However, since the species are about 0.3 inches (8 millimeters) long, some form of magnification is necessary to see such a pattern.
The spider has a peculiar behavior.
Like Joaquin Phoenix's Joker, this little spider has erratic and hard-to-follow habits. As noted by arachnologist Alireza Zamani, a biodiversity doctoral candidate at the University of Turku in Finland, finding Loureedia spiders have shown strange behaviors that have intrigued arachnologists. It's a problem since they only surface for about three weeks a year.
"These spiders spend most of their lives in their underground nests," Zamani told Live Science. Zamani explained that the males leave their burrows to find the females "generally from late October to mid-November." While the spiders that have left their mother's nest also surface.
“Ideally, if you have enough time and patience, it would be interesting to track down an errant male. He should know how to find the female better than anyone, "added Zamani. “In this way, you would also have the opportunity to observe and photograph the actual mating behavior. That has not yet been documented for any kind of Loureedia. ”
This is the image of the "Loureedia phoenixi" that gets its name by referring to Joaquin Phoenix's Joker.
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