A funnel-web spider study took an unexpected turn when scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) discovered a new funnel-web species in Booderee National Park near Jervis Bay.
Dr Thomas Wallenius and his research team believe the spider, around 50mm in size, is related to the Sydney funnel-web. The study that led to the spider discovery is part of a biodiversity study ANU is completing.
The finding highlights the importance of ongoing research, potentially leading to further animal species being discovered in Australia. “It is remarkable that we have found this other species in Booderee National Park,” Dr Wallenius said. “It shows we still have a lot to learn about what’s out there in the bush.”
[img source] Stuart Hay, Australian National University
The above story is based on materials provided by Australian National University.