New Species of Spider Named After Dominic Monaghan

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July 30th, 2013

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NEW SPECIES OF SPIDER NAMED AFTER DOMINIC MONAGHAN

 

Dr Peter Jager announces new spider species discovered during filming of

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan

 

New York – July 30, 2013 – Spider expert at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, Dr. Peter Jager, has announced discovery of a previously  unknown spider species in Laos during the filming of the adventure-series, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. The find has yielded Dominic Monaghan his very own “wild thing,” now called, Ctenus monaghani. The new spider species was introduced with its first description, published in the scientific journal, Zootaxa.

 

"As a lover of all things wild and a fan of spiders, it is a real honor to have such a special creature named after my last name” says Dominic Monaghan. “The fact that it was found in Laos whilst making Wild Things makes it all the more special.  Feel free to call me Spiderman!"

 

Nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Reality series, Wild Things with Dominic Mongahan follows the actor as he takes viewers on heart-pumping adventures to the most remote corners of the globe in search of the biggest, scariest and most exotic animals on the planet. Season one saw him on the hunt for the Giant Huntsman Spider inthe caves of Laos, searching for millions of flesh-slicing army ants in the steamy rainforests of Ecuador, and facing off with a deadly scorpion in the arid deserts of Namibia. Filming for season two has begun and will premiere in 2014 on BBC AMERICA.

 

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan is a BBC AMERICA original production, produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire Television. Executive Producers are David Brady and Dominic Monaghan for Cream Productions and Philip Clarke for Wildfire Television. Series producer is Marianne Kushmaniuk. 

 

Publication:

JÄGER, P. (2013) Ctenus monaghani spec. nov., a nocturnal hunter from the forest floor in Laos (Araneae: Ctenidae) — Zootaxa 3670 (1): 091–093 dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3670.1.9

http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2013/f/z03670p093f.pdf

 

Senckenberg Research Institute:

http://www.senckenberg.de/root/index.php?page_id=5210

 
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