Scientists discover ‘Joker’ spider
The spider was given the name Loureedia phoenixi after
Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the nefarious comic book villain
NO JOKER NEW SPIDER FOUND IN IRAN
“The new species is named after the American actor, producer and animal rights activist Joaquin Phoenix.
In recognition of his praised portrayal of the titled character in the 2019 movie ‘Joker’ and as a reference to the male abdominal pattern of the new species.
Which resembles the famous facial makeup of this character,” researchers wrote in the study.
Phoenix went on to win an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the character.
The movie grossed more than $1 billion at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, adjusted for inflation.
Loureedia phoenixi (a genus named for late American rock legend Lou Reed) was discovered in Iran.
The first of the genus to be discovered outside the “Mediterranean,” the experts added in the research.
Scientists still don’t know much about the genus, given that “these spiders spend most of their lives in their subterranean nests.”
The study’s lead author, Alireza Zamani, told LiveScience in an email.
So far, only male L. phoenixi spiders have been discovered, but Zamani hopes to find females by tracking the males.
“This way, you would also have the chance of observing and photographing the actual mating behavior.
Which has not been documented for any Loureedia species yet,” Zamani added in his interview with the news outlet.
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