A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting a couple self confessed "crazy frog people" when I was diriving down to Middle Quarry. They were ecologists Stephen Mahony, who works with the Australian Museam and Chad, doing his PHD with Michael Mahony looking for 'new to science' species . They were not only knowlagable but great dinner comapnions around the fire pit outside the hall.
They found a frog we currently call Loveridge's Frog (Philoria loveridgei) listed as Endangered in NSW and on the IUCN red list (Pictured above) and also collected some spiders from the Peacock Spider genus Maratus. Below is some pictures of these Peacock Spider's guru Jurgen Otto and they might warrant naming as a potentially new species to science. Barbara Baehr at the Queensland Museum, we are wold will have a look at fine details of specimens under a microscope to see if she agrees.
There is quite a lot of Peacock Spiders in the world and most are much more colourful (though a bit smaller) than this spider found at Wild Mountains. Click this link to see why they are called a Peacock Spiders, its not only for thier colours but also thier dance, which has been cleverly put to music! If someone has patience and a good eye, sitting in the dry sclerophyll forest, such as near the a-frames will almost certainly eventually yield more Peacock Spiders at Wild Mountains, who knows maybe even more ones nobody has found before suggested Stephen.
We hope to see these two back at Wild Mountains again !
For the Earth