Photo Credits: Jürgen Otto.
A newly-identified species of peacock spider dubbed "Sparklemuffin" and "Skeletorus". This spiders were discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia, by UC Berkeley grad student Madeline Girard, according to
Girard affectionately gave the nickname Sparklemuffin to one of the species, , which has bluish and reddish stripes on its abdomen.
Skeletorus, officially named , "looks dramatically different [from] all other peacock spiders known to date, making me think that this group is perhaps much more diverse than we had thought," said Jürgen Otto, an entomologist who specializes in photographing the arachnids and who co-authored the report.
Peacock spiders are known for their distinctive mating dances.
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Sofia Martinez -Villalpando, BSc