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9:36 AM | January 16, 2013
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SUMMARY: Meet the world's most adorable spider and watch his amazing courtship dance! Adult male Maratus volans from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park near Sydney. This male is displaying to a female he's spotted, with large extended and elevated opisthosomal fan, and extended legs III. Image: Jürgen C. Otto and David E. Hill, 2011. One of the most common phobias in the world is arachnophobia, the irrational fear of spiders. But there is one sort of spider out there that is... Read more

Otto J.C. & Hill D.E. (2011). An illustrated review of the known peacock spiders of the genus Maratus from Australia, with description of a new species (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae)., Peckhamia, 96 (1) 1-27. Other: Link

Hill D.E. (2009). Euophryine jumping spiders that extend their third legs during courtship (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae: Maratus, Saitis). , Peckhamia, 74 (1) 1-27. Other: Link

Otto J.C. & Hill D.E. (2012). Contests between male Maratus vespertilio (Simon 1901) (Araneae: Salticidae)., Peckhamia, 98 (1) 1-17. Other: Link

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