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Peacock spider

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Maratus pavonis Jumping Spider The spider inhabits many back yards in metropolitan areas across Southern Australia, but it is not noticed due to its tiny size of ~4mm. During mating time the male of the species is very colourful with flaps that wrap underneath its abdomen. These spiders attract mates by standing, lifting and waving their 3rd legs into the air. They then make a beautiful display by lifting flaps from the side of their abdomen and tilting their abdomen. The female watches and if she approves allows the male to mate with her. If she doesn't approve, she can take one of two actions: One is to, ignore him and walk away, the other is jump on him, kill and eat him. Photo: JeanExplored: Oct 14, 2012 #225

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