Small fern approx. 40cm high, picked from other Blechnum species as the only lower leaves shortly stalked at the base, the rachis is brown rather than black in colour and the leaves are curved in shape rather than linear. Pic 3 shows the fertile frond bearing spores.
This is a Solifugid, or Solpugid, commonly called a Sun-Spider or Wind-Scorpion or Camel-Spider. Though it is an Arachnid, unlike both Spiders and Scorpions, these creatures do not have venom, and though its powerful jaws (jaws can be up to 1/3 of their body length) are capable of a painful bite, it is not considered dangerous. Camel spiders are not deadly to humans (though their bite is painful), but they are vicious predators that feed on insects, rodents, lizards, and small birds. Camel spiders can grow up to 15 centimeters long.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.