These Three New Species Of Peacock Spiders May Be An Arachnophobe’s Best Friend

Thanks to a sharp-eyed group of devoted citizen scientists, three more species of disco-dancing peacock spiders have been discovered in southwestern Australia

by GrrlScientist for Forbes | @GrrlScientist

FIGURE 2. Living male paratype Maratus aquilus sp. nov., M. combustus sp. nov., and M. felinus sp. nov. performing courtship display to nearby female: A, Courtship display of male Maratus aquilus sp. nov.; B, courtship display of Maratus combustus sp. nov.; C, courtship display of Maratus felinus sp. nov.
(Credit: Joseph Schubert / doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4564.1.3)

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