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The Queensland Museum has just launched a fundraising initiative to sell the naming rights to a limited number of yet to be scientifically described spiders from Australia. Bank of Queensland Managing Director, Mr David Liddy was first and named a new species of Ant spider, Habronestes boq, after the Bank of Queensland.
Money raised will help scientists to continue their extensive research into Australia’s remarkable biodiversity.
Scientists at the California Acadamy of Sciences recently announced that they discovered 9 new assassin spider species. Previously, there had only been around 12 assassin spider species known to mankind. These itsy bitsy spiders (only 2 mm!) are members of the Archaeidae family. They are called “Assassin” spiders because they love to munch on other spiders! Check out the pic below. They developed super long necks and jaws which allows them to attack their prey without getting too close.
Names for the new species weren’t published, but here are some links to sites reporting on these little critters: