We have all heard of the 15 minutes of fame granted to all according to Andy Warhol’s well known statement. In recent years, theraphosids or bird eating spiders, better known as tarantulas have been studied throughout Central America. One such hairy legged one, was unknown to the arachnologists
who named the Genus, Ami, which is derived from he Tupi Indians which means something like ‘there is no web spun from this spider’. The species name given to this rare spider was ‘bladesi’ in honor of the singer, actor, composer and former Minister of Tourism, Rubin Blades. Adding to more than his 15 minutes of fame, Sr. Blades can now have this interesting acolade.
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