Simon Ings

Taxonomy reaches celebrity heights

An Indonesian spider is named after David Bowie — and Donald Trump is honoured by a moth with blond, comb-over scales

David Bowie Spider. Credit: Alamy

Heteropoda davidbowie is a species of huntsman spider. Though rare, it has been found in parts of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and possibly Thailand. (The uncertainty arises because it’s often mistaken for a similar-looking species, the Heteropoda javana.) In 2008 a German collector sent photos of his unusual looking ‘pet’ to Peter Jäger, an arachnologist at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt.

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