Elusive male of spider species found in Sabah

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BY JOSEPH MASILAMANY

KINABATANGAN: At long last, the “missing male” counterpart of the orb-weaving spider species Opadometa sarawakensis has finally been found.

A team of 16 students from Holland on a recent ecology field trip to the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary here discovered the species known for its flamboyant red and blue colours.

The species was previously identified and known only through its female gender.
The students who were on a two-week study sabbatical organised by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre and Leiden University were hosted by the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) in Sabah.