Here are seven lovely species of Peacock-spiders


We all know how spiders are horrible and that everyone hates them, but you need to meet the adorable Peacock Spider. Brave though you may be, it is extremely likely that the spider is not one of those animals with which there is more empathy, but perhaps you will change a little your opinion by observing this species of Peacock-spider that look like they just come out of a movie of the animation for children.

There have been so far identified, among species and subspecies, about 67 spiders of this type. Zoologist Jurgen Otto, along with his colleague David Hill, have just found seven new exemplars of this beautiful spider.

Most of this vast number of 67 Peacock spiders have been discovered in the last nine years, and males, like peacocks, display their tails in order to court their females. These spiders are quite small, reaching only a few millimeters at most, and abound in Australia.

Marhista sapphirus

It was spider and only seen so far in one place, Baraga Bay in New South Wales, otherwise known as Sapphire Coast. The two blue dots present on this spider, remember two sapphires.

Maratus cristatus

The Maratus cristanus inhabits the southwestern part of Australia, near the coastal city Denmark, is characterized by having eight fluffy white paws, and a beautiful padron with shades of milky blue and dark orange.

Maratus trigonus

This specimen is characterized by the fact that its Opisossoma, a posterior part of the body, although round, assume the shape of a triangle during the procession of the female, and can be found in the western region of Australia, more precisely on Mount Lindesay.

Maratus electricus

A curious species of this spider, which resides in the western region of Australia, not Lake Muir, since its Opisossoma doesn’t have flaps as is common in this species.

Maratus nimbus

Discovered in Moama, New South Wales, it presents a faint tone of pastel, contrasting the most diverse species of spider type that usually present vivid tones, with a white pattern on a background in a pale blue, reminiscent like clouds of the sky, so from there its name.

Maratus gemmifer

It was found in the Karnup Nature Reserve, just above South West Australia, and its name means “the bearer of jewels”, due to the fact that its flaps appear to have shiny gems.

Maratus melindae corus

And finally the Maratus melindae corus, a native of the Banksia Reserve in western Australia and the same species as the previous Peacock-spider, and although very similar to a previous one, do not have two bright spots, and has a white spot on the back of the head.