Peacock Spider, Native to Australia, Dances To Save His Life

Peacock Spider Dances To Save His Life on The Dodo.

Peacock Spider (Maratus volans) is a species in the jumping spider family (Salticidae). Maratus volans is confined to specific parts of Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania).

The red, blue and black colored males have flap-like extensions of the abdomen with white hairs that can be folded down. They are used for display during mating: the male raises his abdomen, then expands and raises the flaps so that the abdomen forms a white-fringed, circular field of color. The species, and indeed the whole genus Maratus have been compared to peacocks in this respect. The third pair of legs is also raised for display, showing a brush of black hairs and white tips with John Travolta dance-like moves.

If the male continues his dance when the female is not interested, she attempts to attack, kill, and feed on him; she may also do this after mating (sexual cannibalism).

The spider species belongs to the genus Maratus (peacock spiders).




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The Common Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) in Illinois and North America is also known as the Daring Jumping Spider, or Bold Jumping Spider.

These spiders have been known to jump from 10 to 50 times their own body length by suddenly increasing the blood pressure in the third or fourth pair of legs, and the male is known to jump away during mating if the female approaches too quickly

Common Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) in IllinoisCommon Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Common Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) in IllinoisCommon Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) in Arlington Heights, Illinois.