Written by: Dr Barbara Baehr, Research Scientist, Terrestrial Environments (Arachnida)
Minute goblin spiders with orange armour are widely distributed but hidden! Goblin spiders have a worldwide distribution but are most common in the tropics and subtropics. Goblin spiders are mega diverse however most of the species are short range endemics living in habitats ranging from forests to deserts. The name Goblin spiders was chosen only a few years ago because of their grotesque body shape. Most of the Goblin spiders are orange colored with an armored body.
Continue reading 71 new Australian Goblin spider species named by QM researcher
Written by: Susan Wright, Collection Manager (Insects)
Enter the depths of the insect collection and you never know what you will find.
Continue reading What’s it like to be the Collection Manager (Insects)?
Written by: Christine Robertson, Corporate Communication Officer
If you have ever been snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef, you would be astounded by the wondrous beauty of the intricate eco-system that happens under the sea.
Continue reading How to collect a parasite: researching a covert eco-system
Written by: Dr Robert Raven, Head, Terrestrial Environments
In September I travelled with a team of scientists to Cape York to search for and collect Thick-legged Eastern Coastal Tarantulas, more commonly known as Whistling Tarantulas.
Continue reading Collecting and studying tarantulas in Far North Queensland
Written by: Carmen Burton, Assistant Curator Queensland Stories
Quite often, the social history curators at Queensland Museum get visits from all sorts of people who have surprising and interesting connections to Queensland history. Just recently I had a visit from a woman who is a descendant of Mary Watson, the colonial heroine who in 1881 escaped Lizard Island in North Queensland following conflict with local Aboriginal people.
Continue reading Remembering Mary Watson through Queensland Museum’s Collection
Written by: Alex Richards, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Our Collection Imager Geoff Thompson recently won several awards at the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustrators (AIMBI) Awards 2013 and we’re very happy to be able to share some of his work with you here! Continue reading Award-winning images of specimens from the collection