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A flood plain in Australia is crawling with 25,000 tarantulas - ScienceAlert

Researchers have found a floodplain near a small town in Australia's Northern Territory that contains a 'megacluster' of 25,000 venomous tarantulas.

The diving tarantula - which gets its name from its ability to create air bubbles and survive underwater - usually lives in communities of 200 or 300 individuals. But the newly discovered group contains roughly 100 times that amount in a 10-km area.

While that sounds like the stuff of nightmares, researchers believe it could actually be a win for the nearby community of Maningrada, which is 482 km (300 miles) to the east of Darwin, its closest city.

Robert Raven, a senior curator at the Queensland Museum, believes the town's new arachnid neighbours may attract researchers from around the world and potential new income due to their potent venom, which can kill small animals and can cause nausea and vomiting in humans.

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