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7 New Species of Australian Peacock Spiders

Spiders are among the most common household pests, crawling their way into the various holes in your house. Some of them are pretty harmless, even ones that bite people. However, there are species of this insect which bite can lead to a fatal situation. To get rid of them, people are encouraged to call the nearest pest control service provider in their area. These professionals efficiently remove pesky insects to prevent possible health problems and damage to properties.

Spiders can be found everywhere, including Australia. This huge continent is home to numerous species of this insect, including the Australian peacock spider. As a matter of fact, an Australian scientist recently discovered seven new species of the Australian peacock spider – a tiny arachnid known for its bright appearance.

The recently discovered species of Australian peacock spiders grow to only 3 millimeters long, making them some of the smallest species of this type of spider. These new and unique species of Australian peacock spiders are characterized by their distinct and energetic courtship display. Get to know more about them!

Maratus Vespa

Maratus vespa is one of the seven species of Australian peacock spiders that was discovered recently. During the courtship display, a male m. vespa spreads the flaps on its abdomen and raises both of its legs to create an arch and attract the female m. vespa. The male m. vespa repeats the steps as the female carefully watches him. Sometimes, the female m. vespa is so enamored with the male’s courtship dance that she even moves in time with his movements.

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Maratus Bubo

Maratus bubo have delightful colors adorning its body. A stunning combination of blue, orange, and red cover its body, forming a unique pattern. This particular species of Australian peacock spider was named “bubo” because the pattern it sports look somewhat like an owl’s face. 

Maratus Lobatus

The maratus lobatus is an adorable spider with a colorful body as well. Its rear end looks like a separate insect head or an elliptic head complete with ears. This species of Australian peacock spiders have a dazzling blue, brown, and black combination on its abdomen and fan part. 

Maratus Australis  

This species was discovered in various locations around Western Australia. They have a combination of blue and orange pattern on its fan. The maratus australis is related to the maratus tasmanicus – another species of peacock spiders. 

Maratus Vultus

A maratus vultus’s most distinctive feature is the black carapace and an orange figure on its fan. Just like the maratus vespa, this peacock spider species spread its fan to attract the m. vultus females. 

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Maratus Albus

The maratus albus is another species of Australian peacock spiders. The most notable feature of this spider is its white furry skin. Unlike other species, maratus albus does not have a flap on its abdomen. This species is can usually be found in beaches and rocky terrains.

Maratus Tessellatus   

The maratus tessellatus is unlike any species of Australian peacock spiders. For one, it is not as vibrant as the other species of peacock spiders. Also, like the maratus albus, this species does not spread the flaps in its abdomen while dancing. However, it has probably the best and fastest “footwork” when it comes to courtship dances. This species is often found in sand dunes across the shore.

The discovery of these 7 new species of Australian peacock spiders proved that there are still plenty of insects out there that are yet to be discovered. Hopefully, through the development of advanced equipment and the perseverance of scientists, mankind can unearth new discoveries that would astonish the world.


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