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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:10 AM

The extraordinary courtship dance of Australia's peacock spider

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/grrlscientist/2013/jan/15/1


Maratus volans from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park near Sydney. This adult male is displaying to a female he's spotted, with large extended and elevated opisthosomal fan, and extended legs III.
Image: Jürgen C. Otto and David E. Hill, 2011.

One of the most common phobias in the world is arachnophobia, the irrational fear of spiders. But there is one sort of spider out there that is so cute that even arachnophobes may like them.

I am talking about those diminutive jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae). Not only are these spiders very small, but they are generally colourful and they have keen eyesight -- essential for stalking and quickly jumping upon their prey since they do not spin webs to ensnare insects.

It's possible that I may be projecting just a wee bit, but jumping spiders seem to have personalities and, as one zoology professor told me when I was a grad student, they even learn to recognize their human care-givers.





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Reply The extraordinary courtship dance of Australia's peacock spider (Original post)
xchrom Jan 2013 OP
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #1
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xchrom Jan 2013 #2
Mojorabbit Jan 2013 #4
stuntcat Jan 2013 #16
montana_hazeleyes Jan 2013 #23
april Jan 2013 #3
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #5
xchrom Jan 2013 #6
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #7
tclambert Jan 2013 #8
Skittles Jan 2013 #9
xchrom Jan 2013 #11
Skittles Jan 2013 #14
xchrom Jan 2013 #18
mike_c Jan 2013 #10
Matilda Jan 2013 #12
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #13
Skittles Jan 2013 #15
wtmusic Jan 2013 #17
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #19
wtmusic Jan 2013 #21
loudsue Jan 2013 #20
toby jo Jan 2013 #22
montana_hazeleyes Jan 2013 #24
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #25

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:21 AM

1. Not only can they dance, but they're musically talented as well!

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:27 AM

2. !

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:32 AM

4. LOL nt

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:06 PM

16. HAHAH!

oh my gosh, I'm crazy about Disco Spider!

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:29 PM

23. LOL

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:23 AM

3. thank you

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:32 AM

5. Gorgeous! Shades of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"!

...at about 2:38...







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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:56 AM

6. Yup! Nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:56 PM

7. K&R

What a cool little spider!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:45 PM

8. Why does it have a tattoo of another spider on its back?

Is that an ex-girlfriend? Didn't you learn anything from Angelina Jolie?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:40 PM

9. I thought from the first pic he was big

and I thought, aw no, aw HELL NO....but it appears he is a tiny chap

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Response to Skittles (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:09 PM

11. I think you could kick his ass. Nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:42 PM

14. he is just.....too fabulous!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:07 PM

18. He does have a case of Teh Fabulous. Nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:53 PM

10. salticid semiphore signalling is cool...

...but the consequences for getting it wrong are pretty permanent.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:14 PM

12. Thanks for that!

I confess I have never heard of this spider, but I think he's gorgeous. I hope he wasn't the one that bit me at night a few weeks ago - it was a tiny spider I felt, and I brushed it away without being able to see what it was, but next morning I had three big lumps on my arm. I probably frightened him when I brushed at him, and he retaliated in the only way he knew how.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:43 PM

13. Geez, what guys have to go thru to get a gal's attention!

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:43 PM

15. SCHEDULING FTC FOR ASS KICKING

*EGREGIOUS*

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:03 PM

17. I tried picking up women by waving my arms around like that

Didn't work at all.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:30 PM

19. No, no... Use your legs, then shake your ass at them!

You have to follow the instructions perfectly

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:41 AM

21. The Hokey Pokey? Really?

I guess it's worth a try.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:58 PM

20. I still wouldn't go out with him.

Not a chance.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:38 PM

22. Aussies have some pretty spiders

I get loads of em in my house every fall - I live in an old 1 room schoolhouse. They show up in the sink and shower, under the covers of my bed, running around in general. They'll be in your shoes or boots and clothes. I had to get used to them, it's awful hard to kill them. They have this incredibly intense stare, it gets under your skin a bit. A friend says it's because they have 8 eyes.

Oh.

After a few weeks of this, they disappear into the cracks until the spring when they all scamper outside again.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:55 PM

24. Move over John Travolta! This guys got you beat.

Thanks for this. Australia has so many colorful and interesting animals, birds .insects ,spiders..... on and on.
My Budgies, Cockatiels, and gloriously colored Red Rump Parrot all have Aussie origins.

Also I feel humans are way too arrogant in their interpretation of animals and all creatures intelligence. And their abilities to feel and understand emotions.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 06:13 AM

25. Nonverbal communication is a beautiful thing.

A very well made and mindfully edited video!! I am so glad there was no cheesy background music!




Personally, I prefer a snappy dresser that knows how to dance and doesn't say much. Thanks for sharing. Peace. lmsp

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