A up-to-date eyeless spider has just dropped, and its namesake aptly comes from Monster Hunter


Those of you who fit into the Venn diagram of “spider lover” and “monster hunter lover” will be very excited to hear about the newly discovered Otacilia khezu.

If there’s one thing you can say about those who study animal science, it’s that they’re nerds. Seriously, it’s an entire Wikipedia page on organisms named after fictional works, with a section dedicated to those named after games (shout out to Dicranocentrus pikachu). As noted by user on Monster Hunter SubredditA completely up-to-date species of eyeless spider has just been discovered in China, named after a monster from the classic Capcom series. Otacilia khezu you can see in detail Here (obvious arachnophobia warning if you click) is named after the Khezu from Monster Hunter, a type of flying wyvern whose eyes have been significantly retracted, making them appear as if they’re essentially eyeless.

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It’s simple to see where this up-to-date spider got its name, and the data log linked above doesn’t hesitate to note its monster hunter’s origins (the Otacilia part is simply a genus of araneomorphic spiders, i.e. this part is for all you smarties out there , who know such large, fancy Latin words). Someone also noted on Twitter that the same person who gave this particular spider a name had already done so with other organisms, including several references to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Funny Valentine and Gryo Zeppeli), as well as another reference to Monster Hunter in the form of a kind of “Rathalos”, another classic monster from the series.

While it’s not the same as revealing a up-to-date monster, Capcom didn’t feel shy about showing off the latest installment in the Monster Hunter Wilds series. The upcoming game was showcased at Summer Game Fest earlier this month, with the promise of a playable demo later this month. Moreover, our Alex was able to test the game himself and was very impressed.

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