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A new water spider species has been named following a popular vote held by the Queensland Museum - and surfing champion Mick Fanning was given the honour.
As part of the recent World Science Festival Brisbane, voters for the name were asked to "pick a name that captured the essence of not only the spider, but drew inspiration from World Science Festival Brisbane, World Water Day or a Queensland connection."
The winning entry, as submitted by Hector Manuel Osório Gonzalez Filho from Brazil, is the official name: mickfanningi.
Mick was pretty stoked with the result.
“It was certainly a surprise to learn that there will be a little water spider out there that is named in my honour,” he said.
“It’s pretty awesome to know that the spider is quite local to the Gold Coast and only a short drive from Snapper.”