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Peacock jumping spider

Maratus pavonis

Description:

The carapace of Maratus pavonis has a uniform light brown area at the front, bordered by the eyes, and a white streak running back from the centre of this area towards the rear and the pedicel, the join between the cephalothorax and the abdomen. The abdomen is fringed with light brown. The pattern on the upper surface of theabdomen looks like two capital C letters facing each other, with a soft brown area between and a small 'Tasmania' like shape in the centre. The rear of the abdomen is coloured blue and green.

Habitat:

Local reserve , dry shrubs ..long grass

Notes:

Dunn's Peacock Spider - pavo means peacock - is widely distributed across the southernmost parts of Australia, from Tasmania and Victoria in the east to the southwestern corner of Western Australia. Males sometimes signal to nearby females with one leg, raising it swiftly then lowering it in a jerking motion. Sometimes they splay a leg out sideways.

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5 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

How colorful!

Davidbygott
Davidbygott 6 years ago

Beautiful capture!

Jae
Jae 6 years ago

Fantastic spotting and photos, Charlie. Congrats :)

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 6 years ago

You can just imagine my excitement...my heart was literally pounding ...and i was nearly not even going out today due to wind ...but figured it would ease eventually ...so glad i did :) BEST Friday i have had of work :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Hey great find. You wanted him and you got him. I have still yet to find one.

CharliePrice
Spotted by
CharliePrice

Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Nov 14, 2014
Submitted on Nov 14, 2014

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