New Spider Species Found in Johnson County, Indiana South of Indianapolis

A scientist recently discovered a new species of spider in Central Indiana’s Glacier’s End Nature Preserve near Nineveh, Indiana about 30 miles south of Indianapolis. University of Indianapolis Professor Marc Milne discovered it on the property while participating in a “bioblitz,” an intensive inventory of plants, animals and fungi. The spiders – tentatively being called Orenoetides sp. since they’re from the genus of the same name – are around 2.5 millimeters in size and live in leaf litter. The spider species add to a number of new and endangered species recently found to be living in the southwest Johnson County area dubbed by the Land Trust as the Hills of Gold Core Conservation Area.

“While some scientists are exploring outer space, it’s amazing to think that we’re still discovering new things on earth, like new species of spiders right here in Central Indiana. The discovery highlights why this type of land protection is necessary,” said Cliff Chapman, executive director of the Central Indiana Land Trust. “There is still so much to be discovered in the natural areas that surround us, but it will all remain undiscovered if we fail to protect those areas.”

Adding 97 acres to the Glacier’s End Nature Preserve helps to create an even bigger buffer around the forest interior habitat the Central Indiana Land Trust is trying to protect – and that results in greater protection to the flora and fauna that live in that habitat.

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