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Trap door spider “great ocean journey” gets worldwide press coverage

A paper published in PLOS One today by PhD candidate Sophie Harrison and Professor Andy Austin today tells the origin story of Trapdoor Spider’s arrival in Australia. This new paper challenges the previous theory the spiders arrived in Australia during the break up of the supercontinent Gondwana 95 million years ago. However, the genetic analysis conducted […]

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Media Release: Trapdoor spiders crossed Indian Ocean to get to Australia

An Australian trapdoor spider, which usually moves no further than a couple of metres from where it was hatched, must have travelled to Australia over the Indian Ocean from South Africa, University of Adelaide research has shown. Found only on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia, the trapdoor spider – Moggridgea rainbow – […]

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Podcast: Spider discovery is not for the faint hearted

University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences PhD student, Sophie Harrison, has discovered several new species of trapdoor spiders through her research. Sophie spoke with The Sound of Science about her work on a family of trapdoor spiders and her hope to use this research to protect these newly identified species of spiders. Listen to the […]

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New tarantula species discovered in Northern Territory

Adelaide University PhD student, Sophie Harrison has made an exciting new discovery of a previously unrecorded species of tarantula in the Northern Territory’s Judbarra/Gregory National Park. She said the tarantula ‘is so different they’ll make a new genus for it.’ Sophie is part of the SPECIES discovery program Bush Blitz, that has recently uncovered seven […]

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