Spider expert at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, Dr. Peter Jager, has announced discovery of a previously unknown spider species in Laos during the filming of the adventure-series, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. The find has yielded Dominic Monaghan his very own “wild thing,” now called, Ctenus monaghani. The new spider species was introduced with its first description, published in the scientific journal, Zootaxa.
“As a lover of all things wild and a fan of spiders, it is a real honor to have such a special creature named after my last name” says Dominic Monaghan. “The fact that it was found in Laos whilst making Wild Things makes it all the more special. Feel free to call me Spiderman!”
Nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Reality series, Wild Things with Dominic Mongahan follows the actor as he takes viewers on heart-pumping adventures to the most remote corners of the globe in search of the biggest, scariest and most exotic animals on the planet. Season one saw him on the hunt for the Giant Huntsman Spider in the caves of Laos, searching for millions of flesh-slicing army ants in the steamy rainforests of Ecuador, and facing off with a deadly scorpion in the arid deserts of Namibia. Filming for season two has begun and will premiere in 2014 on BBC America.