- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
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- 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
|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|
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