Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia

Main report: Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia
(The Guardian)
Other Reporting: National Geographic News, NPR
Scientific Paper: not published   
Categories: Arachnids | New Species
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More than 50 new species of spider, including a peacock spider with a “wonderful courtship behaviour, like dancing”, have been discovered in Queensland Australia’s Cape York region, during a 10-day trip by scientists from the Queensland Museum.  The new arachnids, which are now being formally classified, include a brush-footed trap-door spider, a large black creature that looks like a funnel web with the added power of being able to walk up glass doors; a new species of swift spider, with fuzzy black and white front legs; and several new species of ant spider.

This new species of jumping spider is one of more than 50 new species of spider discovered by scientists in a 10-day trip to Cape York last month. Photograph: Bush Blitz

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