New species of marine spider named after Bob Marley

James Marshall
December 28, 2017

The species was first discovered in January 2009 when the sea along the coast of Queensland receded and revealed a population of water-adapted spiders.

How do these spiders survive during high tide?

Their unique discovery was an inspiration while choosing the name, as it reminded scientists of Bob Marley's song, "High Tide or Low Tide". The team was headed by Dr. Barbara Baehr.

Dr. Barbara Behr explained that the name Desis bobmarleyi was chosen primarily for this reason, but that there was another key aspect that inspired the name. The research was conducted by Drs.

A team of researchers from the University of Hamburg and the Queensland Museum made an interesting discovery as the coastline of the state withdrew a few miles towards the land.

The researchers also use their new study to honor 19th-century German naturalist Amalie Dietrich, who traveled from Europe to Australia in 1863 and "took risks on a then-unexplored continent to elevate herself from poverty and oppression". This creature is unusual than other spiders it is truly marine. With time they have adapted themselves to live underwater.

The spider doesn't flee the intertidal zone when high tide arrives, instead weaving a silk-sealed air chamber where it can hide.

Once the water recedes the spiders come out of their hiding and go about hunting, small invertebrates that roam the surfaces of the nearby rocks, corals and plants, for their food.

Another fact that the researchers have stated that, their size varies from gender to gender.

The research was based on both male and female specimens that were spotted and collected from brain coral on the night they emerged eight years ago. Talking about their color, the body color is red-brown, and their legs are orange-brown. Male specimens measured six millimetres in length, while females measure nine millimetres.

While the exact distribution range of the newly described species remains unknown, it is now recorded from the intertidal zones of the Great Barrier Reef on the north-eastern coast of Queensland. The researchers have informed that more research is required to understand the function and how these species behave to unlock the key secrets of marine spiders. Thought marine spiders are known from many areas of the Australian Coast, but it appears the people rarely notice them.

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