06 Aug 2012
A new species of spider has been named after eminent naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
Sir David was presented with a framed photograph and signed publication of the species at the WA Museum – Perth on Saturday, 4 August 2012.
“Prethopalpus attenboroughi is named in recognition of Sir David’s significant contribution to natural history and promotion of the world’s biodiversity,” WAM CEO Alec Coles said.
“For more than six decades Sir David Attenborough has broadcast into hundreds of millions of homes providing a unique insight into the natural world.
“It is Sir David’s enthusiasm for nature and his ability to make biology accessible to generations of viewers that inspired scientists to attribute the new spider with his name.”
Prethopalpus attenboroughi was discovered and described by Queensland Museum Research Fellow Dr Barbara Baehr and WA Museum Head of Terrestrial Zoology Professor Mark Harvey.
Prethopalpus is commonly known as a goblin spider, making this species “Attenborough’s goblin spider.”
It measures 1.04mm in length and is found only on Horn Island in the Torres Strait, Queensland.