- Two new species of peacock spiders discovered in south-east Queensland have been nicknamed Skeletorus and Sparklemuffin.
- Peacock spiders are so named due to their bright colours and dance-like courtship rituals.
- The spiders were discovered by Madeline Girard, a student at the University of California, and a friend who joined her in the field.
- Girard named the spiders due to the bluish and red stripes on its abdomen (Sparklemuffin) and white markings on a black background (Skeletorus), resembling a skeleton.
- It is reported that these spiders are very small, typically measuring between 3 and 7 millimeters long.
- Peacock spiders are known for their mating dances, whereby the male typically raise a single leg to the female and its spinnerets flick around rapidly.
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