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A team of biologists have unearthed seven new species of cave spiders in Brazil and named them after famous fantasy characters.

Taking inspiration from Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Charlotte’s Web and more - Dr Antônio Brescovit and his team published their findings in the ZooKeys journal this week.

They established that the creatures discovered in iron caves in the dense Amazon rainforest belong to the Ochyrocera family of spiders, mostly seen in South and Central America.

What’s interesting about the previously unknown species is that they aren’t adapted exclusively to underground environments like some cave-dwelling creatures that lack eyes or pigmentation, the scientists said.

The upshot of this means the spiders can crawl near the surface and are occasionally even spotted outside caves.

The researchers spent five-years collecting about 2,000 adults.

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