Sci­ence find

New species of spi­der dis­cov­ered

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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.

Pic­ture: Jur­gen Otto

A pea­cock spi­der found near Den­mark last year.

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