Dazzling Dance of An Australian Peacock Spider

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Published on January 12, 2017 by techtica

Absolutely dazzling and colorful display of the recently discovered Peacock Spider’s tribal dancing!. Peacock Spider are found in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. They are very small in size (just 5mm long) and you could fit ten of them on a fingernails.

Filmed with Canon 60D and 100 mm macro lens. 20 different known species of peacock spiders are found but only eight have been formally identified. Its scientific name is Maratus speciosus digitatus which refers to its long spinnerets. These are normally retracted but during the display they are inflated and twitch. The spider moves the opisthosoma (back part) from side to side while lifting and waving some legs.

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