Sunday Sketch: Peacock spider

Did you know that male peacock spiders (Maratus spp.) perform elaborate courtship displays to attract mates? In the coastal peacock spider (Maratus speciosus), the male extends his opisthosoma (the fan-like back) and orange setae (hair-like structures on either side) to produce a colorful display!

Jumping Spider

Sketch contributed by Lea Pollack

Source: Otto, J., & Hill, D. E. (2012). “Notes on Maratus Karsch 1878 and related jumping spiders from Australia, with five new species (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae)”.Β Peckhamia,Β 103 (1), 42.

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