Sydney scientist Jurgen Otto discovers and names seven new species of the native Australian Peacock Spider. Jim Drury reports.
The Maratus Bubo peacock spider performs his courtship dance. Seven new species of the native Australian Peacock Spider were found by scientists Jurgen Otto and David Knowles. The male spiders, like Maratus Lobatus here, are particularly colourful. SOUNDBITE (English) SCIENTIST JURGEN OTTO SAYING: "They perform a courtship dance for females to impress them, and to do so they have, usually, flaps at the side of the body that are normally retracted and you can't see them, but when they spot a female they put them up and then they elevate their abdomen, spread out these flaps, put two legs in the air, wave them and dance from side to side to impress the female." The findings bring the number of confirmed Peacock Spider species to 48. Native to Australia, they're found mostly in the country's south and range in size from three to five millimetres. The findings were published in online journal Peckhamia. The authors hope this footage could help cure humans' fear of spiders. Meanwhile Maratus Vespa will keep on dancing in his effort to get the girl.