'Peacock spider' Maratus Vilans

Zervoid

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'Peacock spider' Maratus volans

Just found this about the Peacock spider(Maratus volans) found here and thought I would share. I didn't even know it existed until I googled colourful Australian spiders and found this. It's really beautiful and I could see myself liking to own a pair of these as they look like a lot of fun and not as much work as a T.

http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/australian/salticidae/Peacock_spider_Maratus_volans.htm

Do any suppliers stock this beauty? Although it's small you could mount a magnifying glass on the enclosure wall for awesome affect.
 
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I've never seen these for sale. but on youtube they have a video of the male doing a display. its spectacular. type in pecacock spider. I think there is a short video taken from BBC.
 

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Very recent discovery. Location of these is being kept a secret.
 

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Bump. I think these spiders could reinvigorate the hobby, what do you think? The person taking all these photos has already documented the life cycle of these spiders and says the female produces about 10 eggs at a time, and does this about 3 times during her lifetime. So they are not prolific breeders. And due to their size I can't see them posing a threat. Hopefully these will be allowed to be kept by the pet trade, as I can see these would do wonders for the hobby and getting people interested in spiders.

I wonder if I could find a new species of this spider if I looked hard enough? Wouldn't that be a thought! New types are being discovered all the time, it's actually quite an exciting field to be involved in at the moment. What's incredible is how so little attention is being given to these new discoveries. Shows you the lack in quality of those responsible for our daily media brainwashing.

https://www.facebook.com/PeacockSpider

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1shkhjIY_QiDdYfEYDqew
 

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Bump. I think these spiders could reinvigorate the hobby, what do you think? The person taking all these photos has already documented the life cycle of these spiders and says the female produces about 10 eggs at a time, and does this about 3 times during her lifetime. So they are not prolific breeders. And due to their size I can't see them posing a threat. Hopefully these will be allowed to be kept by the pet trade, as I can see these would do wonders for the hobby and getting people interested in spiders.

I wonder if I could find a new species of this spider if I looked hard enough? Wouldn't that be a thought! New types are being discovered all the time, it's actually quite an exciting field to be involved in at the moment. What's incredible is how so little attention is being given to these new discoveries. Shows you the lack in quality of those responsible for our daily media brainwashing.

https://www.facebook.com/PeacockSpider

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1shkhjIY_QiDdYfEYDqew
It would be nice to have these in the hobby, but I don't think they would catch on for a variety of reasons. 1) They're super small, so most people wouldn't find them that interesting (other than major salticid lovers) and the care would likely be challenging because they're feeding such small spiders, let alone the slings if the female produces 2) I could see them being overcollected very quickly because of their colors and we don't know much about native populations (yet) 3) What's the care like (besides feeding challenges)? 4) Australia doesn't export any inverts, so only people in Australia would be able to enjoy them. Which I don't necessarily consider a bad thing. Each country has their own thing to enjoy after all :) Though I wouldn't mind if they exported a few Hoggicosa bicolor lol

With all that's being found right now, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if you were able to find a new species on your own. It may not be in the genus Maratus, but I still think you've got a great chance of finding something! It would be nice if the media covered new species more, but it seems like only the vertebrates get the coverage when some new species is discovered. And even then it pretty much has to be a mammal or maybe an interesting bird. A shame really.
 

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Bump. I think these spiders could reinvigorate the hobby, what do you think? The person taking all these photos has already documented the life cycle of these spiders and says the female produces about 10 eggs at a time, and does this about 3 times during her lifetime. So they are not prolific breeders. And due to their size I can't see them posing a threat. Hopefully these will be allowed to be kept by the pet trade, as I can see these would do wonders for the hobby and getting people interested in spiders.

I wonder if I could find a new species of this spider if I looked hard enough? Wouldn't that be a thought! New types are being discovered all the time, it's actually quite an exciting field to be involved in at the moment. What's incredible is how so little attention is being given to these new discoveries. Shows you the lack in quality of those responsible for our daily media brainwashing.

https://www.facebook.com/PeacockSpider

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1shkhjIY_QiDdYfEYDqew
That Aboriginal style music is the perfect touch for the video.
 

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All us sensible people know Ts and Maratus and Mambas and springtails and didgeridoos deserve equal media coverage to Trump and K. 'dingbat' Davis. Our indicator of how screwed up modern priorities are.
 
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