Hannah Wood in Smithsonian Spider Collections (image) Smithsonian Share Print E-Mail Caption At the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, curator of arachnids and myriapods Hannah Wood has examined and analyzed hundreds of pelican spiders in the field in Madagascar and through study of pelican spiders preserved in museum collections. Her analysis, focused on spiders of the Eriauchenius and Madagascarchaea genera, sorted the spiders she studied into 26 different species--18 of which have never before been described. The spiders Wood personally collected, including holotypes (the exemplar specimens) for several of the new species, will join the U.S. National Entomological Collection at the Smithsonian (pictured above), the second-largest insect collection in the world, where they will be preserved and accessible for further research by scientists across the globe. Credit Smithsonian Usage Restrictions News-media use of these photos in relation to this study is permitted with attribution. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.