Spider or a Peacock?

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Maratus volans is a member of the group known as peacock spiders. Males of this species courts females by expanding a pair of colourful flaps on the abdomen and waves its third pair of legs at her.

These spiders are commonly referred to as peacock spiders due to the males’ colorful and usually iridescent patterns on the upper surface of the abdomen often enhanced with lateral flaps or bristles, which they display during courtship. Females lack these bright colors, being cryptic in appearance.

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