Ducati: World’s Fastest Spider?

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According to a report in The Vancouver Sun, a fast little spider was recently discovered in the high-elevation Flathead Valley of southeastern British Columbia.

Measuring only three millimeters in length, the Apostenus ducati is so small and fast it is nearly impossible to catch, says Robb Bennett, the Royal B.C. research associate responsible for helping name the arachnid. A motorcyclist who prefers BMWs and Nortons, Bennett says the Ducati name seemed more appropriate than nortoni.

Apostenus ducati was discovered during the 2012 BioBlitz, an effort supported by environmental groups to document small species. Seventy-one spider species were recorded during the BioBlitz, 14 of which are considered significant finds, but only one was named after a significant motorcycle marque.

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