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Fun Fact February 5, 2021.

5 February 2021

It’s a creepy crawly fun fact today.  This Australian Peacock Spider was discovered inside the woodland forests of Wondul National Park, near Brisbane, in 2015. Scientifically named maratus jactatus, however earned its colloquial name, sparklemuffin,  from University of California researcher named Madeline Girard, who discovered the species.  These colorful spiders are tiny and measure just five millimeters in length.  The sparklemuffin display a signature mating dance, where male spiders raise a leg to signal females.  It’s their way of saying “how you doin’?”

Fun Fact February 5, 2021.