- The two-week expedition in Australia’s Cape York Peninsula involved 23 scientists, indigenous rangers and traditional owners.
- This expedition will likely result in the greatest number of new species of spiders discovered on a Bush Blitz research trip, scientists say.
- The researchers are now identifying and describing the spiders for formal scientific classification.
Under just one rock, Raven found spiders from six arachnid orders. “It was absolutely spectacular to see all these six groups together,” he said in the interview.
This expedition is likely to result in the greatest number of new spiders discovered on a Bush Blitz research trip, scientists say. Bush Blitz expeditions have discovered nearly 1,200 new species till date, including 201 new species of spiders.
“This was one of the largest number of species Bush Blitz has ever discovered during one expedition,” the team said in a statement. “Far north Queensland can boast an extraordinary variety of spiders.”
The researchers are now identifying and describing the spiders for formal scientific classification.
This is the first time the West Quinkan in Cape York Peninsula has been biologically surveyed, said Brad Grogan, Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation manager. “Hopefully this expedition in Australia will help us identify areas of natural values that we can protect for the future.”