In a deep, dank cave in Brazil, researchers recently found an eyeless creature in an underground lair in southeastern Brazil.
This eyeless new species is not a monster. Scientist dubbed it “Smeagol,” or Iandumoema smeagol, because of its uncanny resemblance to the the infamous, goblinlike, character(also known as Gollum), from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
According to discovery.com. The blind creature is also called a harvestman and are better known as “daddy long legs.”
It has never ventured out to get any sunlight exposure for several generations and therefore; developed troglomorphism, a blinding physical adaptation resulting from residing in dark, murky underground dwellings.
The troglomorphism also managed to alter the insect’s pigment, giving it a pale, yellowish complexion.
Found in a limestone cave in Brazil’s Minas Gerais by Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha, Smeagols are known to prefer moist climates, remaining close to a stream near the wet cave walls.
Although smeagols and other daddy longlegs,” look spiderlike they aren’t spiders and are more closely related to other arachnid orders, such as Solifugae (camel spiders) and Scorpionida (scorpions).
The Smeagol harvestman is just one of the various many-legged critters newly described by cave-exploring scientists this year. In June, a group of researchers in Croatia stumbled upon a species of centipede with 33 pairs of legs. The named it Geophilus hadesi, in reference to Hades, the mythological god of the underworld.
Also, this isn’t the first time scientists have turned to Hollywood or literature to name a new species; earlier this year an armored, suckermouth catfish was named Peckoltia greedoi after the bounty hunter Greedo from the first Star Wars movie.