Scientists discover surfing spider called Brian

2016-03-10 18:10
Dolomedes-briangreenei. (Queensland Museum)

Dolomedes-briangreenei. (Queensland Museum)

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Sydney - Scientists in Australia say they have discovered a large spider that can surf, swim and catch fish.

The spider is the size of the palm of a hand, can walk on water and eats fish, frogs, tadpoles and even the poisonous cane toad.

Australian researchers named the spider Dolomedes Briangreenei, in honour of Columbia University physics professor Brian Greene and co-founder of the World Science Festival currently being held in Brisbane.

The spider uses vibrations or tiny waves on the surface of the water to navigate to its prey.

"When disturbed or hauling in captured fish, they will plunge through the surface of the water and swim quickly to hide on the bottom," Dr Raven, Principal Scientist of Arachnology at the Queensland Museum said in a statement released on Thursday by the Festival.

The spider can even dive below the surface to seize fish or hide on the bottom.

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