As part of our exciting new Spiders exhibition, the Queensland Museum is proud to present a new species of Eastern Wishbone Spider discovered by our Principal Curator (Arachnadia), Dr Michael Rix and his team.
Unfortunately, like millions of other species, they will face an increasingly uncertain future if the impacts of human activity on biodiversity increase.
The deserts, rainforests, coasts and every hidden corner of Queensland is held together by an invisible network that we rarely notice – a web of activity generated by thousands of species like the newly discovered Eastern Wishbone Spider. That is what biodiversity is, and the loss of even a tiny spider means the loss of important connections.
To help us understand this network, research on the diversity of living animals in Queensland and adjacent regions is undertaken through our Biodiversity and Geosciences Program by researchers like Dr Rix. Our researchers, students and volunteers build collections and use these to study the fauna that forms Queensland’s many unique ecosystems, such as that at Mt Glorious. This research spans the entire animal kingdom, from single-celled protozoans to mammals and birds – and of course, spiders.
Dr Rix says it’s our responsibility to do what we can for all species, no matter how big or small.
“Preserving life on Earth, and protecting species from extinction, is our ethical responsibility, no matter what the species. Future generations have the right to enjoy biodiversity, and benefit from it, just as we do. Spiders, like all animals and plants, have a right to exist. They have, after all, been on Earth about 399 million years longer than we have.”
Researchers at Queensland Museum rely on your support to help document the Australian spider fauna in the face of enormous biotic changes, to understand our species, and protect them for future generations.