Scientists discover new peak spider species in Australia

February 26, 2015 6:24 PM

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Scientists discover new peak spider species in Australia

Peacock spiders are named for their remarkable colors -- like the feathers of peafowl -- and their dancelike courtship routines. The newly discovered species have been nicknamed "Skeletorus" and "Sparklemuffin."

Skeletorus is officially named Maratus sceletus, while Sparklemuffin is classified as Maratus jactatus. Skeletorus features white stripes on a black background, with just a hint of blue on the abdomen. The affect is a spider that appear to be wearing a skeleton costume. Researchers say the new speci...

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