New species of spider discovered
A new species of peacock spider has been discovered in Albany.
The unnamed spider was found last month by Jurgen Otto, a Sydney biologist who travels around Australia to discover the world of peacock spiders.
He spent three weeks travelling the Great Southern region before finding this new species.
“When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure if I had discovered anything new,” he said. “When I realised I had found another new species, my mood changed instantly. Because I am partially colour-blind, this new species didn’t at first seem terribly attractive to me, but since I posted some photographs on Facebook and Flickr and saw the reaction to it, I realised there is more to it than my eyes can see.
“I think the pattern on its back is very interesting and attractive, quite strange, very symmetrical.”
Mr Otto and colleague David Knowles found two new peacock spiders near Denmark last year.
“We have discovered so many interesting species recently in that part of Western Australia,” he said.
A new peacock spider was discovered near Albany last month.
A peacock spider found near Denmark last year.