Wildlife

Coastal Peacock Spider (Maratus speciosus) / Peacockspiderman


This spider is a male Maratus speciosus (Coastal peacock spider) and this is its way to appeal to a potential female mate (the brown spider at the end). It is approximately 4 mm in length and inhabits coastal dunes near Perth in Western Australia. There are many equally colourful spiders in Australia that do something similar, have a look at the other videos on my channel. However the asymmetric and staccato legwork of this one is unique, and so are the clown face and orange hairs on its back. Hard to believe but there is no footage of this species yet in any wildlife documentary and although it has been known since 1874, it was not until I photographed and filmed it recently that the world took notice — via Youtube

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