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New group of trapdoor spiders discovered in eastern Australia


A new group of trapdoor spiders that builds burrows hidden by camouflaged doors has been discovered in eastern Australia. One of the almost 20 new species found in this group occurs in the suburbs of Brisbane.

The research team from Griffith University and the Queensland Museum named the group of spiders Cryptoforis, which means ‘cryptic door’, in reference to the burrows with hinge-doors made of leaves, twigs and silk, the spiders construct.

Published in Cladistics, the research was led by former Griffith University PhD student Jeremy Wilson, now working as an arachnologist at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales in Argentina. MORE

Header image: Cryptoforis hughesae from Brisbane, subadult male. Credit: Jeremy Wilson.