Newly found arachnid formally recognized as Member of Australian native peacock spiders

Newly found arachnid formally recognized as Member of Australian native peacock spiders

A newly found spider, Blue Face Peacock Spider, has been officially recognized as a member of the Australian native peacock spiders. This particular breed of peacock spider was discovered two decades back by naturalist David Knowles. It is however, now that its blue face has been officially recognized.

Its official name is Maratus personatus, which refers to the blue mask that covers the male's face. In comparison to other spiders of this species, Blue Face Peacock Spider has unique mating display.

Study's co-author David Hill said that they have studied the unique mating method of the spider. It uses unique dance moves to attract its mates. This particular spider belongs to the Australian native family of peacock spiders that are just three to five millimeters long.

Not only the Blue Face Peacock Spider used different dance moves to attract the female spiders, but it also uses different color to attract them. As per study researchers, it is quite a common thing among the Maratus family.

The Blue Face Peacock Spider depends on its blue scale and white banding around it to attract other spiders. The researchers said that the male species carry bright colors and raises its third leg in the air and perform some rapid movements to impress the females.

When they both mate, the female Maratus rotates her abdomen 180 degrees. It was surprising to know that the female spider has range of genitalia in different shapes and sizes. However, such is not the case with other peacock spider females that have the same genital structure.

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