Spider Naming Competition

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.


Thanks for your entry. Best of luck!


    • Competition commences on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 10am AEST and closes Saturday 1 April 2017 at 5pm AEST.
    • To enter, entrants must visit www.worldsciencefestival.com.au and complete the online form.
    • A panel of three judges will determine the winning name.
    • Competition Winner will be announced on or before 28 April 2017 and will be advised via email. The winner will also be published on the World Science Festival Brisbane and Queensland Museum websites.
    • Winning entry name will be subject to peer review when the paper on the spider is finalised and submitted by Dr Robert Raven.
    • Winning entrant will be acknowledged in paper submission with their reasoning for the name.
    • All entries must be submitted online at www.worldsciencefestival.com.au.
    • Name submissions must relate to World Science Festival Brisbane, World Water Day or Queensland.
    • If named after a person; all female names must end in ae and all male names in i. This is not required if named after a place or something else.
    • All rude, obscene or offensive names will not be considered nor can the spider be named after a corporation.
    • This promoter is Queensland Museum Network, Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101. Telephone: 07 3840 7555.
    • Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions. All entry and prize information published by the promoter form part of these terms and conditions.
    • Queensland Museum reserves the right to disqualify any entrants or entries where it reasonably suspects any unlawful or improper conduct, such as infringing a third party’s intellectual property rights, or if there has otherwise been a breach of the competition terms and conditions.
    • Entrants under 18 years of age must obtain the prior consent of their parent or legal guardian to enter.
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