Maratus pavonis,

Otto, Jürgen C. & Hill, David E., 2019, Catalogue of the Australian peacock spiders (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryini: Maratus, Saratus), version 3, Peckhamia 148 (3), pp. 1-28: 13

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3732535

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:19E32A8E-798B-49AE-BE73-168B57D2D44E

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3812663

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03D187CC-7A4F-FFC9-FD02-F981FA67F87F

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Plazi

scientific name

Maratus pavonis
status

 

The pavonis  group

Dunn first used the Latin word for "peacock" (pavo) when he described M. pavonis  in 1947. He later wrote an account of the display of this spider in a now-defunct Australian magazine, Walkabout ( Dunn 1957). At the time, only two species in this group were known, M. pavonis  and M. splendens  . Males within this group can often be identified by the presence of a large red circle or "target" on the fan, but this is often obscured or replaced by a covering of light brown scales. Some males do not even raise their fan as they display. Spiders of Western Australia presently identified as either M. pavonis  , M. pavonis var. brunneis  , or M. pavonis var. nornalup  ( Otto & Hill 2012 c, 2012e; Baehr & Whyte 2016) are included here with M. pavonis  but need further study. Unlike the eastern M. pavonis  , the fan of these western spiders may have large lateral flaps or more light-brown scale cover, and the legs may have fewer markings.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Salticidae

Genus

Maratus