And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Big Coastal Inverts

On general fauna surveys we normally only record animals with backbones, as there are so many invertebrate species that you really need to be a specialist in that field. On some surveys we have specialists that record Stigofauna, which are mainly newly discovered invertebrates living in underground water and short range endemics (SRE's), which are invertebrates that are usually found in one area and nowhere else.
Here's a few big invertebates we found on recent coastal surveys.

These big black Mygalomorph spiders are sometimes found in pit traps in the morning. They are super aggressive and you can hear their fangs hitting the metal tongs that we often use to remove things from pits. I wouldn't want one to reach my finger!


madibirder said...

Beautiful photos of animals and landscapes. The western Spotted frog in particular caught my attention. Thanks for visiting Wing Among Us. rgds madibirder.

Heather said...

Is that spider poisonous? Sounds pretty wicked. I assume the 2nd photo is of some kind of scorpion, but what is the invert in the first photo?

Richard King said...

The first invert is some form of giant green cricket.