Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

Sydney brown trapdoor spider

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

High school students from the remote Indigenous community of Maningrida, 500 kilometres east of Darwin, have written themselves into the science books.

They have discovered 33 new species of spiders over the past two years.

Maningrida senior students discovered 18 new species of spiders in 2005 and another 15 spiders last year.

The Maningrida Community Education Centre has been running year 11 and 12 subjects for the past four years and has experienced enormous success.

Teacher Mason Scholes says a host of unknown trapdoor, tarantula and mouse spider species were caught last year.

Mr Scholes says students have just recently enjoyed the privilege of naming them.

“One’s called Blakie and I think another one is Campo and Campionode,” he said.

“And they put some Indigenous names in there – for the Tarantula one, it’s difficult for me to pronounce but it means…

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