Monday, March 2, 2015

Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus spiders found in Australia!

Holy Moley.

photos, story....


Two gorgeous new species of peacock spiders nicknamed "Skeletorus" and "Sparklemuffin" have been discovered in Australia, according to a new report.

Peacock spiders are so-named because of their bright colors and their dancelike, courtship rituals.

The two new species were found in southeast Queensland by Madeline Girard, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley who studies peacock spiders, and a friend who went with her into the field. Girard affectionately gave the nickname Sparklemuffin to one of the species, Maratus jactatus, which has bluish and reddish stripes on its abdomen......

More at site including mating dance video.
Nudge nudge, wink, say no more...

Lots of spiders on this blog such as here


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