One of the recently described bald bone spider species, Stormtropis muisca .
Credit: Carlos Perafan
White Armor Stormtroopers in "Star Wars" movies are virtually identical and almost impossible to distinguish between each other. The unpleasant similarity recently inspired a team of scientists who had discovered a new spider genus the arachnids were so similar in size and markings that the researchers called them after the helmet troops, called the creatures Stormtropis .
These eight-legged Stormtroopers belong to a family called Bald Bones, which are native to South America and Central America.
Like the storm troops, the spiders "are very similar, with some camouflage capacity"; The sci-fi soldiers and the newly discovered spiders are the same in being somewhat clumsy, according to the study. But there is no evidence (yet) that the spiders, like their movie name, are horrible to hit moving targets with a blaster. [9 Animals with ̵
Stormtroopers are a common view of the conquered worlds of the empires in the "Star Wars" universe, and Colombia's bald spindles were surprisingly numerous. Although the arachnids were never previously reported in that country, the study authors described two species in two previously known genera – Paratropis, Anisaspis – and four in Newfound Stormtropis  genus ]. The spiders Stormtropis have only two claws on their feet, while other shellfish spiders have three claws. Stormtropis men also lack the group's signature in the legs and have sex organs that are more elongated. Female The spider's genital spider has a tubular neck and a general sponge shape, which also differs from the typical shape found in shellfish.
Some of the newly discovered female spiders have unexpectedly shown a previously unknown behavior: digging digs in the ground, the researchers reported.
One Stormtropis species – S. muisca – gathered in the central Andes at an altitude of 11155 meters above sea level, causing the creature to be the highest housing call spider species confirmed so far wrote the authors.
S . muisca's cousins can live even higher than that. The researchers gathered evidence of other shellfish species that lived at altitudes as high as 13,113 feet (4000 m), but the data have not yet been published according to the study.
The results were published online today (March 14) in the journal ZooKeys.
Originally published on Live Science .