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New spider named for Pierre area

PIERRE (AP) — A tiny spider found on the Fort Pierre National Grassland has been named after the area in central South Dakota.

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The Capital Journal reports Theridion pierre is its official name.

Arachnologist Brian Patrick from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell suspected it was a new species when he and several interns found the millimeter-long arachnid in 2011 and 2012.

He sent his findings to Harvard University where a world expert on that family of spiders confirmed the find and named the species for the grassland.