With its fearsome appearance, poisonous bite, and deadly hunting skill, this newly discovered creature lives up to its name: assassin spider. Researchers working in Madagascar recently discovered this and eight other species of assassin spiders—a family of arachnids that feast on other eight-leggers—during a four-year survey of the island nation's forests.
Meet the orange tortoise spider (Encyosaccus sexmaculatus)! This is a tiny, bright orange jumping spider found in South America. So far, little is known about this brightly coloured arachnid as the creature is very little studied. Image: aollgaard/Archnoboards