This spider is one of the earliest spiders documented in China. It was rediscovered in 2000 in the country’s Sichuan Province. It has only been seen six other times since 2000. Li said that the spider is highly valued for scientific research and is an extremely rare species in Sichuan. Li himself has spent a lot of time trying to find a specimen but has never found one.
It is believed that the Chinese hourglass spider is a kind of trapdoor spider. It dates back to at least 2 B.C.E and was mentioned in the oldest surviving Chinese dictionary, the Er Ya. The Er Ya was published between 2 and 5 B.C.E. You can see the Chinese hourglass spider in action for yourself in the video below.
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