“It’s only known from the…north-west of the island,” Dr Rix said.
“As far as we know that area was significantly impacted. We’re very concerned that they may have been gravely impacted if not wiped out.”
Unlike some spiders that are able to burrow, or when young, to “balloon” through the air to escape fires, assassin spiders, which measure only 2 millimetres tall, live in the leaf litter on the forest floor.
“They’re really only found in rainforests and wet complex habitats,” Dr Rix said.
“As far as we know, the only way they can deal with fire is if there are untouched patches of habitat. Our biggest concern with the Kangaroo Island fire is that it was so destructive and so hot.
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