New species discovered on Kimberley Bush Blitz

The strange new spider discovered on the Kimberley Bush Blitz. It is a wolf spider that can run along the top of billabongs like a water spider. The Bush Blitz team thinks it could be completely new to science.

Some fascinating new species have been found on this week’s Bush Blitz expedition to the Kimberley. They include a new species of wolf spider that thinks it’s a water spider and a tiny little creature that that looks like a scorpion but isn’t are among the new species found on a Bush Blitz expedition in the Kimberley this week.

Traditional owners and science teachers have joined more than a dozen scientists for the biodiscovery expedition, on the Indigenous Land Corporation’s Karunjie and Durack stations. The troops headed out late last week and have been busily blitzing the property ever since. They’ve found a number of species that could be completely new to science and they’ll probably be more to come before they pack up and head off on Friday.

The Ngarinyin people have been helping researchers select survey sites and are passing on traditional skills to help the scientists net fish, set small mammal traps and wield insect nets.

Five teachers are also on the blitz, as part of the Bush Blitz Teach Live project. The teachers Skype lessons and updates back to their students in the classroom. The teachers are having such a great time, and passing their enthusiasm directly to their students.

The blitz is also happening during Reconciliation Week, so Aboriginal culture and knowledge is a strong theme – and everyone is enjoying learning from the Ngarinyin people.

Jo, Bush Blitz Manager

Bush Blitz is a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia. The innovative program sends scientists out into the field to record the fascinating plants and animals in conservation areas across Australia.

The Kimberley expedition was run in partnership with the Kimberley Land Council and the Indigenous Land Corporation.