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Current media releases:

Could Cape York Peninsula be the spider capital of Australia?

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Images available as high resolution, contacts on media release.

New species of funnel web - Mygalomorphae Barychelidae Idiomata sp.

New species of Brush-footed Trap-door spider – Mygalomorphae Barychelidae Idiomata sp.

New Species, of jumping spider discovered on Quinkan Bush Blitz by Robert Whyte

New species of jumping spider, Salticidae Jotus sp. nov. cf auripes

Jumping spiders can be 5-20mm long, and known for jumping up to 50 times their body length, they have 8 eyes and hunt during the day.

A new species of Gnaphosidae Ceryerda

A new species of Gnaphosidae Ceryerda, “swift spider”

Other species found do not have these “fuzzy” front legs, the male waves its plumed legs like a mosquito. These spiders are about 8-12mm long. See this spider in action

Ant eating spider - Zodariidae Habronestes

New species of ant eating spider,  Zodariidae Habronestes

Ant eating spiders mimic ants to be able to hunt them without being detected easily – the most dangerous form of camouflage (if you are an ant)

 

Trapdoor spider - Mygalomorphae Ctenizidae sp. nov. F

 

New species Saddle-legged Trapdoor, Conothele sp. Nov., family Ctenizidae.

Trapdoor spiders live in burrows where they wait for their prey in hiding. Some make doors for their burrows hence the name “trapdoor”.

Past media releases:

Botanists confident they’ve discovered new plant species in pristine Victorian rainforest

Possible new species of violet © RBG Victoria

Possible new species of violet © RBG Victoria

 

Possible new species of violet © RBG Victoria

New species of violet © RBG Victoria

Media-media release-Li Cunxin dancing spider-11 July 2016

Peacock spider doing mating display-maratus eliasi- credit Michael Duncan

Peacock spider doing mating display-maratus eliasi- credit Michael Duncan

Maratus Ottoi -credit Michael Duncan

Maratus Ottoi -credit Michael Duncan

Maratus licunxin - credit Michael Duncan

Maratus licunxin – credit Michael Duncan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An unexpected find in the heart of the Gibson Desert – September 2015

Teachers find new species in far north Queensland – July 2015

New tarantula species discovered on Nt Bush Blitz – June 2015