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Peacock Jumping spider

Maratus pavonis

Description:

These jumpers are the smallest..half a centimeter if that .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. Male species.

Habitat:

Dry grassy clumps around a bbq area ,

Notes:

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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7 Comments

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 4 years ago

Nice!

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 4 years ago

Great find

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 4 years ago

Thanks so much Jae, he is pretty :)

Jae
Jae 4 years ago

Wow what a pretty boy. Great find, Charlie

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 4 years ago

Thankyou Martin and Leuba , this particular sp. are extremely fast compared to some of the other jumpers, and they could be so easily missed , being so tiny. The detail/pattern and colouring amazes me on such a small area. I hope you get too see one Martin , both times now i have found them in very dry clumps of reed type grass..hiding right in the middle.

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

That is some nice work Charlie.
This spider is one I am yet to see.
I had once assumed that anything colorful is tropical.
I still sometimes think the most interesting things are really tiny.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Another cutie ! he's even got his legs half up ready to go. Lovely spotting and photos Charlie.

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Lat: -41.44, Long: 147.12

Spotted on Nov 24, 2014
Submitted on Nov 24, 2014

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