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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New spider species like a Candy found in Australia

New species of goblin spiders, 
the Opopaea broadwater or 
jellybean goblin spider, which 
 measures just one millimetre long.
(Picture from: http://www.abc.net.au/)
Two new species of goblin spider (Oonopidae) has been discovered by scientists from the Queensland museum, Australia, in the rural area of ​​Darling Downs.

"Jellybean" goblin spider or Opopea broadwater is found in the town of Dalby. While the Leichhardteus badius, or reddish brown swift spider is found while they exploring a rainforest in the Bunya Mountains last year.

According to the museum, the Leichhardteus genus name was to honor of Ludwig Leichhardt, a German scientist and explorer who arrived in Australia in 1842 to study wildlife. While the species name badius refers to the Latin badium, meaning reddish brown in reference to the body colour is in honor of former Green Senator Bob Brown who save the rain forest areas.

"Jellybean" goblin spider is just 1 millimeter in length. Its body has a protective shell to help protect them from drought, because they are very small, to very sensitive to moisture, so they have this little shell," explains Dr. Barbara Baehr, one of scientists in the team.

"Jellybean" is a kind of candy that is usually brightly colored and somewhat translucent. Body goblin spider newly discovered resemble candy. According to him, these important findings. "It is important to know the species that surround us. If we do not know them, we can not protect them, and they will be gone before we know them," she added. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ABC NEWS]
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