January 19, 2013

Peacock Spider Woos Mates with Dance, Colors

GrrlScientist, SciLogs


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One of the most common phobias in the world is arachnophobia, the irrational fear of spiders. But there is one sort of spider out there that is so cute that even arachnophobes may like them.

I am talking about those diminutive jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae). Not only are these spiders very small, but they are generally colourful and they have keen eyesight -- essential for stalking and quickly jumping upon their prey since they do not spin webs to ensnare insects.

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TAGGED: Dancing, Mating, Courtship, Spiders

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