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Ojibway Nature Centre bioblitz turns up 1,119 species

Naturalist Tom Preney says 1,119 have been identified and experts still aren't done counting.

Experts continue to identify species found in Windsor's first bioblitz, conducted nine months ago.

Naturalist Tom Preney says 1,119 have been identified and experts still aren't done counting.

"We're still getting some of the specimens looked at underneath the microscope, and some of them are still being identified. So we don't have our total number yet, but we were blown away with the amount of species we found, just in 24 hours," Preney said.

The biological inventory taken in the Ojibway Nature Centre's prairie complex last June identified 12 species never before seen in Canada. Eight of those 12 were arachnids, mainly spiders.

"We've never had a comprehensive study of arachnids done in this area, so that's probably one reason why we found so many new species to Canada. And being where we're located in Canada, in kind of the extreme southern portion of the country, it's one of the areas where new species tend to show up first," Preney said.

Preney says the next bioblitz is planned for this July.

Mel Diotte shared a gallery of photos of some of the species with CBC, above.

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