Scientists strike gold with five new species of golden trapdoor spiders

Queensland Museum scientists have described five new species of golden trapdoor spiders from south-eastern Queensland.

From being found in the inner-city to the bayside suburb of Burbank and further afield to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast hinterlands, the new spiders were a challenge to uncover.

Meet the new species!

Euoplos regalis. Image credit: Dr Jeremy Wilson

NAME: Euoplos regalis

FOUND: Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo areas.
Euoplos regalis is one of the biggest and most beautiful species of Euoplos. Euoplos regalis females are generally bicoloured, with an orange carapace and dark red legs. They occur in the rainforests of the D’Aguilar Range, north of Brisbane.

Euoplos raveni. Image credit: Dr Jeremy Wilson

NAME: Euoplos raveni

FOUND: Great Brisbane region, south of the Brisbane River.
Euoplos raveni, named after Robert Raven of the Queensland Museum, is a large species that occurs south of the Brisbane River.

Euoplos booloumba. Image credit: Dr Jeremy Wilson

NAME: Euoplos booloumba

FOUND: Conondale Range.
Euoplos booloumba is a smaller species found in the rainforests of the Conondales Range, west of the Sunshine Coast.

Euoplos jayneae. Image credit: Dr Jeremy Wilson

NAME: Euoplos jayneae

FOUND: Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Euoplos jayneae is found around the Glasshouse Mountains, and Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Euoplos schmidti. Image credit: Dr Jeremy Wilson

NAME: Euoplos schmidti

FOUND: Greater Brisbane region, south of the Brisbane River.
Euoplos schmidti is a distinctive and often large species that is quite common in Brisbane south of the Brisbane River.

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