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Maratus chrysomelas

Fact Box
Species:
Maratus chrysomelas
(ID: Jurgen Otto's website)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species seems to prefer drier inland parts of Australia
Toxicity:
Not considered a serious hazard
Maratus chrysomelas

Like many of the Australian Maratus species the female of this species is a grey-brown colour with none of the bright markings the male has.

The males of this species share with other Maratus males the unusual characteristic of cuticular flaps attached to the upper sides of the abdomen, these spreading sideways like a fan when the male is courting the female. This fan display is thought to be induced hydraulically and the spider also tends to extend each Leg III upwards and to the rear as part of its courtship behaviour.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Maratus volans, Maratus pavonis and many other Australian Maratus species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 1 June 2016.