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Tarantulas, a delicious fried snack enjoyed by tourists and locals in Cambodia, face a devastating population loss.
The story: These spiders face two distinct threats: loss of habitat and over-harvesting, Kris Janssens with DW News reported August 15. While tarantulas are now enjoyed as a delicacy in Cambodia, in the past, they were used as a food staple during famine. Their decreasing numbers mean they may not be used as either in the future.
The big picture: Combine loss of habitat with over-harvesting and you have a recipe for extinction. New cashew and rubber plantations and illegal timber harvesting are destroying tarantula habitat. Thomas Gray, a biologist and director of Science and Global Development at Wildlife Alliance, told Janssens that if future generations want to enjoy the arachnoid delicacy, actions should be taken now to save the species.
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