From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
They have discovered 33 new species of spiders over the past two years.
Maningrida senior students discovered 18 new species of spiders in 2005 and another 15 spiders last year.
The Maningrida Community Education Centre has been running year 11 and 12 subjects for the past four years and has experienced enormous success.
Teacher Mason Scholes says a host of unknown trapdoor, tarantula and mouse spider species were caught last year.
Mr Scholes says students have just recently enjoyed the privilege of naming them.
“One’s called Blakie and I think another one is Campo and Campionode,” he said.
“And they put some Indigenous names in there – for the Tarantula one, it’s difficult for me to pronounce but it means big black spider.”
He says the finds were very surprising, considering the time of year.
“It was sort of late dry season, so it’s probably one of the worst times that you can possibly go out collecting spiders,” he said.
“But being able to collect so many species at the time was just an absolute bonus and we’re all just extremely excited and very happy.”
Mr Scholes says the project will run again this year and he is expecting even more species of spiders to be discovered.
The full collection of 33 spiders is being held at the Queensland Museum.
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