Peacock Spider

go watch the full video, i could literally make a thousand gifs of this spider and never fully represent how damn cute it is.

this is a peacock spider, potentially the most adorable creature on this planet without a four-chambered heart. if it wasn’t 5 mm long, i would cuddle the daylights out of it. he is a romantic that woos potential mates with a dance, waving his third pair of legs and a colourful ‘cape’ held out on flap-like extensions. much like a peacock, in fact.

Meet the Peacock spider (Maratus volans) - a species of jumping spider native to eastern Australia. Only 5mm in length, it is only the males that have this bright colouring. 

The males also have extensions on their abdomen that can be folded down. They use these to display their colours and markings to females, earning them their name of ‘peacock’. The male will first raise his abdomen, then raise his flaps forming a veritable field of colour. The male will then vibrate his raised legs and tail and dance from one side to another in an attempt to impress the female. [x]


Ok so I’ve been getting a fair bit of questions about spiders and whether I can post fewer of them to my blog. I’ve been told that the rest of the bugs I post are “adorable” but the spiders are just “scary-looking”. I just want you to do me a favor. Watch this video. Look at the “Sparklemuffin” peacock spider (it’s about 3 min into the video and yes, that is it’s given name). Let me know if your opinion of spiders remains the same

btw, they accept your apology


Peacock Spider

This short film is the first to capture the unique mating rituals of the Peacock Spider in southeastern Australia. Dr. Jurgen Otto combines both still and video images of these gorgeous male spiders as they try to woo females. It’s a dangerous dance, as females could decide to eat the males instead of mating with them – but for the sake of biology a guy’s gotta try!


Peacock Spider - Maratus robinsoni 

Peacock spiders are a group of mostly small and compact Australasian salticid (genus Maratus) in which the adult males have a plate (the fan) of dense scales, often brilliantly colored and highly iridescent, on the dorsal abdomen (opisthosoma). Often contrasting figures or patterns comprised of pigmented scales are superimposed on a background of iridescent scales. These salticids also have a long and highly flexible pedicel, allowing males to elevate the opisthosoma and display its dorsal pattern to females as part of their courtship display, involving lateral stepping and side to side rotation of the opisthosoma.

Maratus robinsoni is endemic to Australia and was described in 2012 from Newcastle, New South Wales. The opisthosoma of this spider is only a little more than 1 mm in length. With about 2.5 mm in total, it is the smallest peacock spider discovered so far. This small but very colorful species has a nearly circular dorsal opisthosomal plate (fan) with fields of vividly iridescent scales that reflect light directionally at frequencies that span the visible spectrum on a dark background.

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Photo credit: ©Jurgen Otto (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) | Locality: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (2012)


Peacock Spiders

Genus Maratus

      Peacock spiders are well known for their colorful and dramatic courtship displays. In addition to raising the colorful flab that, when at rest, covers its abdomen, it also raises its back legs. Before it does this, it will stretch out its front legs and display with them as well. 

     Peacock spiders are native to Australia, and damn are they beautiful!