Spi­der finds cap­tured on cam­era

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An Al­bany macro pho­tog­ra­pher has cap­tured a rare pea­cock jump­ing spi­der on cam­era.

The spi­ders are known around the world for their tiny size and colour­ful mat­ing rit­ual. Some species are only found in the Great South­ern.

Ross Ramm, who trav­els around the Great South­ern to take photos of na­tive or­chids, said he was thrilled to see the spi­der’s bright colours on dis­play.

“You need to get or­gan­ised and get down on the ground try­ing not to dis­turb him and get the cam­era ready to take pic­ture,” he said.

“They are only 3-5mm long, so it’s very dif­fi­cult to get the shot. I take up to 200 shots on an out­ing and only end up with a dozen photos that might be use­ful to edit.”

Paul Irvine, another macro pho­tog­ra­pher, who’s work­ing on the Univer­sity of Western Syd­ney’s Project Mara­tus, said a bi­ol­o­gist from NSW found another un­de­scribed species in the re­gion only two weeks ago.

“It is truly an area that will con­tinue to yield new finds over the com­ing years,” he said.

Th­ese 3mm to 6mm arach­nids con­tinue to at­tract many fans due to the spe­cial dance that the male spi­ders do to at­tract the at­ten­tion of the fe­males’ spi­ders.

“It’s dur­ing this process that we get to see the mag­nif­i­cent colours that many of th­ese guys have,” Mr Irvine said.

“Those that have it, un­furl that flap that is tucked around their ab­domen to show off a mag­nif­i­cently coloured and pat­terned fan.”

Most Mara­tus species have their own unique coloured flaps that they use to court fe­males.

But Mara­tus Per­son­atus, a species found near Al­bany uses their bright blue mask to court fe­males, earn­ing them the nick­name “blue face”.

Other pea­cock jump­ing spi­der species that can be found from Walpole to Esper­ance are Mara­tus pavo­nis, kar­rie, bubo, par­dos, melin­dae and Mara­tus sara­hae which lives in the Stir­ling Ranges.

Pic­tures: Ross Ramm

A Mara­tus fe­male. Saskia Adysti

Mara­tus lin­naei.

Mara­tus pavo­nis.

Mara­tus kar­rie per­forms its mat­ing dance.

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