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 Recorded In Australia

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    Source: Images of Flora and Fauna of 290 Leppitt Rd, Upper Beaconsfield

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Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
Brief description: The abdomen with a pattern of gold and blue that wraps around on extendable flaps. Orange and grey longitudinal stripes above the eyes.
Description : Male: orange-red and blue-grey longitudinal stripes above the eyes and white hair patches on the top of the cephalothorax and lateral edges dark brown. The abdomen with iridescent red, blue and green pattern with a pattern of gold and blue that wraps around on extendable flaps. Legs brown mottled; leg three with dark hair tuft and white tip. Female: cephalothorax coppery, legs mottled brown and black, abdomen with dark dorsum around longitudinal paler stripe, pale flanks. Body length up to 0.5 cm.
Biology : Males are very colourful and display when in view of a female. The specific name 'volans' and the old common name of ‘Flying Spider’ came from the supposition that the male’s abdominal flaps were used to glide. However they are now known to be used for courtship displays: males spread the flaps, raise the abdomen and wave the hair-tufted legs in a 'dance' reminiscent of some birds of paradise. Unreceptive females may eat a male. Despite males being brightly coloured, their small size means that these spiders often go unnoticed. They live on low shrubs and in the leaf litter, where egg sacs are also hidden.
Habitat: Forests on low shrubs and in the leaf litter.
Maximum size (cm): 0.5
Diet: Carnivore
Colours: Orange, Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Black, White
Distribution: Eastern Australia
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Helen Smith / Australian Museum

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Maratus volans


Synonyms Source
Salticus volans O.P.-Cambridge, 1874 O.P.-Cambridge, 1874 O.P. -Cambridge, 1874
Published in: Cambridge, O.P.- 1874. On some new genera and species of Araneidea. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. Ser. 4 Vol. 14 pp. 169-183
Maratus amoenus Karsch, 1878 Karsch, 1878 Karsch, 1878
Published in: Karsch, F. 1878. Diagnoses Attoidarum aliquot novarum Novae Hollandiae collectionis Musei Zoologici Berolinensis. Mitt. Münch. Entomol. Ver. Vol. 2 pp. 22-32
Maratus amoenus Zabka, 1987 Zabka, 1987 Zabka, 1987
Published in: Zabka, M. 1987. Salticidae (Araneae) of Oriental, Australian and Pacific Regions, II. Genera Lycidas and Maratus. Ann. Zool. Warsz. Vol. 40 pp. 451-482

Working classification

Maratus volans  Recorded in Australia

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