Coastal peacock spider

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Coastal peacock spider
Maratus speciosus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Salticidae
Genus: Maratus
M. speciosus
Binomial name
Maratus speciosus
  • Salticus speciosus O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1874
  • Habrocestum speciosum Keyserling, 1883
  • Saitis speciosus Simon, 1901

Maratus speciosus, sometimes called the coastal peacock spider,[2] is an Australian species of jumping spider (family Salticidae).[1] They are only known to inhabit the vegetation of the coastal sand dunes of southwestern Western Australia. Like other Maratus spiders, the males of the species engage in a courtship display during which they raise their third pair of legs and their abdomen, presenting their colorful opisthosomal plate to potential female partners. Unlike other Maratus, however, the males of this species have a set of bright orange hairs (setae) along both edges of the opisthosoma which only become visible during this display.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Taxon details Maratus speciosus (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1874)". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  2. ^ a b Otto, Jürgen; Hill, David E. (4 November 2012). "Notes on Maratus Karsch 1878 and related jumping spiders from Australia, with five new species (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae)" (PDF). Peckhamia. 103 (1): 42.