Heteropoda davidbowie is a species of huntsman spider of the Heteropoda genus. It was described from the Cameron Highlands District in peninsular Malaysia and named in honour of singer David Bowie.
The Heteropoda davidbowieis distinguished by its large size and yellow hair, and is only found in parts of Malaysia.
Bowie was apparently selected for the honour because of his musical contribution to arachnid world – the 1972 concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Peter Jäger, the German spider expert who discovered the Heteropoda davidbowie, said that naming spiders after celebrities helped draw attention to the marginal status of many species as human activity destroys their habitats.
Environmental authorities have traditionally proved reluctant to include spiders on lists of endangered animals, but campaigners like Mr Jäger argue that their decline undermines nature's genetic diversity.
“It is working against time,” he told The Observer. “We are also quickly losing genetic resources that have evolved over more than 300 million years.”
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