World Science Festival Brisbane Spider Naming Competition
Receive the very rare honour of naming a brand new species of water spider found by Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr Robert Raven.
This delicate and ornate water spider (part of the Pisauridae water spider family) displays beautiful patterns upon its back, spend their days living under rocks and bark and emerge at night on the wet leaves to hunt. This spider is considered quite unique as every species has a very distinct colour pattern and genitalia dependent upon their location. They can be found in the rainforests and among vine thickets beside creeks near Canungra on the road towards Lamington in Queensland.
The judging panel will be looking for a name that captures the essence of the spider and takes inspiration from World Science Festival Brisbane, World Water Day or Queensland. So why not shine a light on some of Queensland’s greatest icons in science, sport, art or politics. Species are also often named after a feature of its geographical location, anatomy or in honour of a person.
Entry submissions can be made on Queensland Museum’s World Science Festival Brisbane website from Wednesday 22 March to Saturday 1 April 2017. Terms and Conditions apply, please refer to website for details and naming convention requirements.
Please note, this is a stock image and may not be a photograph of the species to be named.