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New Queensland spider!

Bayside Bulletin

ENVIRONMENTAL manager Dan Carter has joined an elite web of spidermen.

The 42-year-old father of two from Wellington Point, was honoured when a species of jelly-bean Goblin spider was named after him. The 1.37cm critter, with amber body and legs, was found in scribbly gum forest along Eprapah Creek.

Mr Carter organised a joint research project between Queensland Museum and Redland City Council, where he was principal adviser for the natural environment in 2009. He was one of three with ties to Redlands honoured by Queensland Museum with a spider moniker.

Redland environmentalist Bob Douglas, who died in 2012, and land snail researcher Dr John Stanisic, who initiated the survey, have also been honoured.

Now working as an environmental coordinator for sand miner Sibelco, Mr Carter said he was thrilled the Redland research was recognised. "My son thinks it's awesome to have a spider with the family name and I think it shows the wonderful effort made to investigate invertebrate species unique to Redlands," he said.

Queensland Museum Research Fellow in Terrestrial Environments (Arachnida) Dr Barbara Baehr took up the challenge of cataloguing and describing the species. During her career, Dr Baehr has described more than 600 spider species and said the only downside was coming up with names.

"It is sometimes quite difficult to find the right name for a species," she said.

"First, I look to see if there are any obvious characters for that species and if there isn't, I tend to use the locality. But I personally prefer to name a species after people," Dr Baehr said.

From Daniel:
Today I found out that I have a spider named after me -  an Opopaea carteri (jelly-bean Goblin spider). It is 1.37cm spider found in scribble gum forest along Eprapah Creek. The species was found through some work we did with BAAM and Qld museum. They found a few new species.

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