The spider and fern citizen science projects running alongside the DeCLASSIFIED! exhibition are roaring along.
To date, there have been 101 participants and 745 observations in the Spiders with Te Papa project, and 83 participants and 1332 observations in the Ferns with Te Papa project. Thank you to all these contributors.
Phil Sirvid and I are running these citizen science projects to encourage the wonder of discovery that we experience in our respective studies of Te Papa’s collections of spiders and ferns.
Part of our work is to discover and describe new species.
The Spiders and Ferns projects haven’t discovered any completely new species (that we know about!).
But we have seen species that are undescribed – they have been recorded previously and are already thought to be different, but they have yet to be given a scientific name. Examples from our projects are the spider above and the fern below.
Who knows what else we’ll collectively find!