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Peacock Spider
Peacock or spider? Both!

Scientific name: Maratus volans
Habitat: Australia

Wow! What a colorful spider! The peacock spider has colorful stripes on its head and a kind of plate with shimmering scales on its abdomen. It can raise this up, just like how a peacock spreads its beautiful feathers. Both animals use this trick to impress the ladies. To see the peacock spider’s colorful plate, you’d need pretty good eyes: these insects only grow to 0.14 to 0.23 inch (3.8 mm to 6 mm) and are very fast.

Peacock Spider Peacock Spider - Photo: Jurgen Otto [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Peacock Spider Peacock Spider - Photo: NaturePixel/Shutterstock

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