BioBlitz finds new species of peacock spider

Main report: Meet Maratus sapphirus, a new species of spider in Australia
(Sydney Morning Herald)

Scientific Paper:    
New Taxa: Maratus sapphirus
Species named for: The Sapphire coast (south coast of NSW), and for colour
Categories: Arachnids | Citizen Science | New Species
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While on a BioBlitz in the Murrah Flora Reserve on the NSW South Coast, citizen scientist Helen Ranson showed her colleague, Canberra’s renowned “spider man”, Stuart Harris a spider she’d just found.  Mr Harris immediately knew it was a new species.

Maratus sapphirus was found in the Sapphire Coast of NSW. Photo: Stuart Harris


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