Australian Biologists Discover New Species of Wave Surfing Spider, Name it “Brian”

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Brian. That is the official name of a new species of “wave-riding” spider discovered by Australian arachnologists. Brian, that’s it.

“It’s wonderful that this beautiful native spider, which relies on waves for its very survival, has found a namesake in a man who is one of the world’s leading experts in exploring and explaining the effects of waves in our universe,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said at the public unveiling of the new species at the World Science Festival Brisbane on Wednesday.

“These spiders sit there on the water and then all of a sudden an insect will hit the water and the spider races out to get it, grabs it, dives under the water and then swims back to the shore and starts eating it,” Robert Raven, Queensland Museum’s principal arachnologist told media members.


Why Brian? For famed physicist Brian Green.

“Physics is all about waves; understanding the universe is all about waves,” said Green. “With the announcement last month of humankind’s first detection of gravitational waves — ripples on the surface of space and time — I am particularly honored to be so closely associated with a spider that has its own deep affinity for waves.”