The first of Australia’s two new web spiders to join the social media network has been spotted on the country’s southern coast.
Peter Weber, the first member of the breed to be spotted, has been seen by many on the southern coast of New South Wales.
The new species is believed to be a member of a family that includes a number of species in the genus Pygmyweb, but Weber’s name was not officially announced.
He’s the first spider in the family of pygmy webs to be announced, said Mark Macnab, a curator at the Sydney Museum.
“They’re all quite small,” he said.
“The pygmies are fairly slow moving, so they’re quite slow moving in the natural world.”
Weber is one of four Pygmys that were spotted in the area by volunteers on Tuesday.
His name has not been officially announced by the New South Welsh Department of Parks and Wildlife, but Mr Macnib said it was possible Weber was related to other pygmys found elsewhere in New South Australia.
“It could be a genetic thing, but he’s not related to anything in the New Southern or any of the other parts of NSW,” he told the ABC.
Mr Weber, who lives on a farm in the town of Goulburn, was born in the NSW town of Coober Pedy in 2003 and is a graduate of University of NSW’s Faculty of Biological Sciences.
“I like the fact he likes to crawl around and that he likes webs,” Mr Macndab said.
He said the species is not considered dangerous and was likely to be welcomed by many as a valuable member of society.
“In the wild it’s just really hard to get him into the nest and he can’t climb on the top of a tree,” he added.
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