Fifty New Spider Species Discovered In North Australia

Posted: Apr 11 2017, 1:11pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Fifty New Spider Species Discovered in North Australia
A brush-footed trap-door spider, one of more than 50 new species of spider discovered by scientists in a 10-day trip to Cape York last month. This spider can walk up glass doors and windows found as part of the new study. These spiders, known as Mygalomorphae Barychelidae Idiomata, can grow to the size of dinner plates. Photo Credit: Bush Blitz via Guardian
  • This Plate Sized Spider is Among 50 New Species Discovered in Australia

Fifty novel species of spiders have been found recently in the Land Down Under (that would be Australia). They include among them a very large one about the size of a buffet plate.

Over 50 new species of spiders have been discovered in the extreme northern tip of Australia. They comprise a peacock spider that dances to attract its mate and another huge one that is larger than a dinner plate. The spiders all belong to the Cape York region of Queensland. These creepy-crawlies were chanced upon by a group of scientists while they were on a ten day trip to the area.

The novel arachnids are currently undergoing classification. They have within their ranks a brush-footed trap-door spider. It is a humongous monster of a creature that looks scary and can scale glass doors in a matter of seconds.

Then there is a new species of swift spider which has hairy black and white frontal appendages. Also several ant spiders have been espied among the countless other arachnids hiding away in the depths of the remote region.

This happens to be the largest cache of spiders discovered in a survey, according to CairnSpot. The government-funded trip was titled very appropriately Bush Blitz. The same government grant program has funded 34 other similar surveys.

Since the past half a decade or so, 1200 novel species have been found by the people heading these forays into the wilderness. 201 of these have been arachnids or in common language…spiders.

The area actually forms a sort of ecological niche rich in many rare species. The wetness of the weather means that it is full of greenery and thus life forms thrive and subsist on the verdant landscape.

The region is vibrant with species that may surprise any newcomer who happens to enter the environs. Just explore a little and you will come into contact with a ton of creatures.

The jumping spiders among the arachnids were particularly interesting. Their dancing behavior was something which piqued the curiosity of the researchers.

The spiders seemed to be engaging in ballet lessons. Australia already has some 3500 species of spiders. Most of these spiders are not poisonous and will not attack unless provoked.

Even a bite from any one of them will not feel more painful than a bee sting. Australia is like a heaven for biologists due to the inherent richness of the fauna and flora found within its context.

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