28 December 2012

"Peacock spider" (Maratus speciosus)

Photo credit to Jurgen Otto from New South Wales, whose Flickr photostream has hundreds more excellent macro photos of this and other spiders. 

This species is discussed at length in a paper he published in Peckhamia 103.1 (November 2012); see pp 43-44 for photos of how the opisthosomal fan shown above is deployed during courtship. 

There are also videos at his YouTube channel, one of which I featured in TYWKIWDBI in 2011.

1 comment:

  1. I went and read the extensive paper from Peckhamia and now my skin is crawling, eebie jeebie!


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