The wave spider, named Brian: a new Aussi water spider with terrifying skills

Main report: ‘Surfing’ spider found in Queensland has terrifying set of skills
(NBC News (Australia))
Other Reporting: Brisbane Times
Scientific Paper:    
New Taxa: Dolomedes briangreenei
Common Name: Wave spider
Species named for: physicist and World Science Festival co-founder Brian Greene
Categories: Arachnids | Celebrity Taxa | New Species
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Australian researchers have named it Dolomedes briangreenei, or Brian for short.  This type of water spider waits on the surface until an insect, small fish, or tadpole comes near. The spider races to grab its quarry and then drags it to the shore to devour it.

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