A Newly-Discovered Tarantula Killing Worm Named After Jeff Daniels

Researchers have recently discovered a new species of worm that can infect tarantulas, and have named the worm Tarantobelus jeffdanielsi. Why? After actor Jeff Daniels, of course, the hero who saves a town from a spider invasion in the 1990 movie Arachnaphobia.

Described in an article published in the Journal of Parasitology, researcher Adler Dillman, who teaches parasitology at the University of California Riverside, responded to a call to examine an infected tarantula. The tarantula presented with a white mass near their mouths, which turned out to be nematodes. Infected spiders were not eating and exhibited strange behaviors, such as walking around as if on tiptoe. 

Upon further study, Dillman found that this particular species of worm is hermaphroditic, which means they produce…

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