Strange is the World, Stranger is its Species: Peacock Spiders

August 9, 2017

Exploring different is common now, exploring freaking different is what now new in trends. A completely unique spider is found Called Peacock Spiders (grown up, scientific name is Maratus Volans) they are extremely small. The adults are only 5mm, meaning you could fit ten on a fingernail. But what they lack in size, they make up for in their incredible colourful stomachs, which the males use to attract mates.
The spiders can be found in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. There are 20 known species of the Peacock Spiders but they are so rare that only 8 have been formally catalogued.
Dr Jürgen Otto, an entomologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Australia, has ben studying and capturing on camera their amazing courtship rituals which involve the male spider thrusting out his brightly coloured abdominal flap, whenever a female spider comes near.

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