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“Bird-catching Spider, a name originally given to a large spider, Mygale avicularia, a native of Cayenne and Surinam; but which is now more extensively applied, being equally appropriate to a number of large species of Mygale and Epeira, berhaps also of other genera. It has, indeed, been denied by some observers that the name is truly appropriate, but the positive evidence is too strong to be easily set aside by evidence merely negative.” — Chambers, 1881


William & Robert Chambers Encyclopaedia - A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1881)


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