Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Species of Peacock Spider Dances for You (And Sex)

At the end of a year, a lot of “Best of 2013″ retrospectives are trotted out, filled with lists of new species that were described. Sadly, most of those lists are dominated by things with backbones. Vertebrates–quite boring animals ranging from fish to humans–make up only 3 percent of known species on earth.
peacock spider
Arthropods (insects, spiders, and relatives) make up 80 percent of multicellular species on earth. Over 500 new species of insects and spiders were described last year. This new peacock jumping spider, Maratus avibus, is one of the cutest.

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