The goliath bird eater spider has been making the news recently, after the appearance of a “puppy-sized” specimen surprised a scientist out for a nighttime walk in a Guyanese rainforest. Said the scientist Piotr Naskrecki, “When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing.”

What he found was the goliath bird eater (Theraphosa stirmi), one of the biggest spiders in the world, and one of the stars of the American Museum of Natural History's Spiders Alive! exhibition.

Learn all about the impressive goliath bird eater

A mile of highway kills more organisms that an entire generation of scientists. First during its construction, then when it turns into a conveyor belt to hell for any organism unlucky enough to step on or fly over it. […] it is much easier to feel superior when we can point a finger at somebody who does it consciously, even if for a good, justifiable reason, but we don’t like to think about those trillions of animals and plants that we kill by virtue of simply going to a grocery store

Reed Frog - Afrixalus vibekensis | ©Piotr Naskrecki  (Atewa Range, Ghana)

Afrixalus vibekensis (Hyperoliidae) is a small West African forest frog (males 19-23 mm, females 23-27 mm) with yellowish white dorsum, with a darker or lighter brown pattern of a constant shape. The males lack asperities.

This species, also named Nimba Banana Frog, has been recorded from several disjunct localities in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Guinea [1].

Afrixalus vibekensis is listed as Near Threatened species on the IUCN red List [2].