Sunday, June 19, 2016

[Invertebrate • 2016] Seven New Peacock Spiders (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryini: Maratus) from Western Australia and South Australia

Figure 1. Localities for seven new Maratus species from the southern coast of Western Australia and South Australia.
Maratus albus and M. lobatus are widely distributed. M. australis and M. vultus are each known from two localities near the southern coast of Western Australia. Each of the other three species (M. bubo, M. tessellatus, and M. vespa) has been found at a single locality in the southwestern corner of Australia, south of Perth.

 Seven new jumping spiders of the genus Maratus are described from Western and South Australia: M. albus, M. australis, M. bubo, M. lobatus, M. tessellatus, M. vespa, and M. vultus. This brings the number of confirmed Maratus species to 48, with an additional 16 Maratus species that require further study to resolve their correct generic placement. Distinctive features of the courtship display of these species are also illustrated.

Key words: courtship, euophryine, jumping spider, Maratus albus, Maratus amabilis, Maratus anomalus, Maratus australis, Maratus avibus, Maratus bubo, Maratus caeruleus, Maratus karrie, Maratus lobatus, Maratus madelineae, Maratus mungaich, Maratus sarahae, Maratus tasmanicus, Maratus tessellatus, Maratus vespa, Maratus vultus




Jürgen C. Otto and David E. Hill. 2016. Seven New Peacock Spiders from Western Australia and South Australia (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryini: Maratus). PECKHAMIA. 141.1; 1―101 

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