Behold Western Australia’s Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, zebra-striped, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto:
The Peacock Spiders of Australia and SciFri’s Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider.
To the best of my knowledge this spider was discovered by David Knowles from Perth. In 2012 David sent me photographs of it, taken 20 years or so earlier and accompanied by his common name for it “Pied Bluemask Peacock Salspider”. In October 2013 I managed to find some individuals and raised some juveniles they produced to adulthood.
via New Scientist.
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