Sunday, 6 August 2006

What's in a name?

Want to be immortalised in the scientific literature? Get a new species of spider named after you. It'll cost you $5,000 but you never know, your name might be attached permanently to an eight-legged killer. Now that's got to be worth the money!

The Queensland Museum foundation is offering the opportunity to anyone with enough readies in the bank. Spider systematist Dr Robert Raven is the man behind the microscope. He's named ... well ... a lot of spiders, including a bunch of mygalomorphs—the big, hairy 'bird-eating' spiders. (I'll get into trouble for calling them that.) The money goes towards biodiversity studies at the Queensland Museum.

And you get a certificate.

What are you waiting for?

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