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Post by Rockhopper on Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:27 pm

Aussie has even more spiders than previosly thought!

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Thirteen new species of spider have been discovered on Queensland’s Cape York peninsula – adding to the thousands of known species that give Australian wildlife its fearsome reputation.

The new species were found by scientists, teachers and Indigenous rangers during a 10-day journey to the largely unsurveyed area.

The survey is called the Bush Blitz and is a combined project of the Australian government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia.

Maribyrnong primary school teacher Leslie Carr says she signed up to search the Olkola people’s traditional lands so she could relay her adventures to her students.

“It was a lot of digging, I was amazed,” Carr told reporters.

“I thought I’d get up there and they’d be crawling around. But they go down 20 to 30cm.”

Seven new species of Australian spider discovered including unique tarantula

The team used abalone knives to dig into the hard earth before swapping them for pen knives when they got closer to a silk-lined burrow.



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Post by Lenzabi on Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:51 pm

As if Australia didn't have enough spiders. LOL

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