Colour­ful dis­play cap­tured

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

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

Oth­er­wise known as Mara­tus kar­rie, the spi­ders are known for their tiny size and colour­ful mat­ing rit­u­als.

Some species are found only 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.

“You need to get or­gan­ised and get down on the ground try­ing not to dis­turb him and get the cam­era ready to take the pic,” 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 is work­ing on Project Mara­tus at the Univer­sity of West­ern Syd­ney, 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.

Pic­ture: Ross Ramm

Mara­tus kar­rie per­forms its mat­ing dance.

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