Seven New Peacock Spider Species Discovered

Main report: 7 Adorable New Peacock Spider Species Discovered
Other Reporting: NY Daily News, The Guardian
Scientific Paper: Peckhamia   
New Taxa: Maratus albus, Maratus australis, Maratus bubo, Maratus lobatus, Maratus tessellatus, Maratus vespa, Maratus vultus
Species named for: patterns on dorsal opisthosomal plate (fan) on adult males.
Categories: Arachnids | New Species

Authors Jürgen Otto and David Hill have been identifying and naming new spider species since 2005. Thanks to their efforts, there are now 48 species of peacock spider known to science — including the seven new species that were revealed in May’s edition of the journal Peckhamia.


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