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 Scientists discovered Loureedia phoenixi in Iran; it’s the first Loureedia spider to be identified outside the Mediterranean region.  On the backs of the male L. phoenixi spiders, a splash of vivid red stands out against a background of white, much like the Joker’s unnerving smile contrasts with his white facial makeup.
 You’d need magnification to see it clearly, as the spider’s body measures only 0.3 inches long and is covered in tiny hairs. This family of spiders are especially interesting to arachnologists because some have unusual habits, such as cooperating to build communal nests and collectively caring for their young.
 Discovering Loureedia spiders is challenging, because the arachnids are active aboveground only for a three-week period each year.  Scientists have collected and described only male Joker spiders. But the search will continue for the elusive females.
, targeting locations where males have been found. Sources: livescience.com, foxnews.com, syfy.com,