Tasmanian News

New funnel web found in Tasmania

 

There's a new Tasmanian member of the funnel web family.

Launceston's Queen Victoria Museum has this morning unveiled a 'Blue Tier funnel web' spider, found in wet forest near Weldborough in the state's north-east.

QVMAG Collections Officer Simon Fearn made the discovery and the spider's name was bestowed by the museum's Honorary Research Associate John Douglas.

When asked if the spiders are venomous Mr Douglas said, "[t]he answer is yes, but we don't know how venomous because this is a new species and we don't know if anyone has been bitten before."

Funnel webs are generally considered the world's deadliest spider, with the Sydney funnel web the most dangerous of the species that's found throughout eastern Australia.

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