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Sighting of rare spider halts Loop 1604 underpass project

by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 2:13 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- The discovery of a rare spider not seen in more than three decades has halted a San Antonio highway construction project indefinitely.

The Braken Bat Cave meshweaver has been found in the middle of a $15 million underpass project on Texas 151 at Loop 1604 in northwestern San Antonio.

Biologist Jean Krejca of Zara Environmental, a consultant for the Texas Department of Transportation on the project, says the spider was found after rain exposed a 6-feet-deep natural hole on the highway median.

The eyeless spider has been on the federal endangered species list since 2000, and the habitat is protected.

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