Three New Species Of Spider Have Been Discovered In Australia And That'll Be A Strong No From Us

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Triple M Staff

7 March 2019

Triple M Staff

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Right when you thought you had a handle on our extraordinarily varied wildlife, a scientist has to go and discover not one but three new species of spider.

Spider taxonomist Joseph Schubert has been poking under rocks in south-western Australia in the hopes of unearthing previously unheard of arachnids and came up trumps at the end of last year.

It was only this week, though, that Schubert shared his findings with the rest of us, revealing that all three were peacock spiders.

"Meet Australia's three newest species!" he said on Tuesday. "As of today, they are officially name: Maratus aquilus, Maratus felinus and Maratus combustus."

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Schubert also confirmed that they're "completely harmless" and "roughly the length of a grain of rice", which will come as little relief to arachnophobes. 

For anyone keen to know more about Schubert's work, his Twitter account is an absolute goldmine.

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