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UP and UP and UP  —  15 Sept 2014

 frame1The new structure for the main exhibition building is really starting to take shape with stage one at frame stage already. Once stage one is fully completed, the second stage will be added to the east side and the two stages will essentially become one building. The overall floor area will come close to 1000 square metres giving ample room for many exhibits to be developed over many future years.

Upstairs will accommodate the main Library Area, including the Research and Preparation Lab space and Admin Offices. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

  Sourcing Specimens

 

amblypygidOur curator, Bert Candusio has been busy securing suitable species for the 'Live" component of the exhibits and has come across several sources able to provide unusual species for display at the centre.

One of the more unusual species to be made available for public exhibition is a close relative of spiders known as the Amblypigyids or Whip Spiders.

Whip spiders are flattened arachnids that lack a tail but possess very long whip-like first legs. These long legs are used as antennae, sensing the environment around them. The pedipalps are usually robust or very long and contain several sharp spines on the internal faces which helps to capture and secure their prey.

Whip spiders are found in most tropical regions of the world. They prefer to reside in tight crevices such as under rocks or under the bark of trees, but venture out at night. They feed on other invertebrates such as insects which are gently herded towards their mouthparts and pedipalps by their long antennae before they are grasped and dismembered.

 

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