Wednesday, June 7, 2017

At the YMCA.......

                                           

                                                                  .... for spiders!







Source:
https://www.cnet.com/news/two-adorable-new-spiders-found-meet-sparklemuffin-and-skeletorus/



If ever there was a spider that could be classified as "utterly charming", it's the peacock spider -- a species of jumping spider so-named for the brightly coloured and patterned abdomens, which they wiggle in an alluring dance to attract a mate.
Two new members of this family of spiders have been discovered, and given equally adorable nicknames -- Maratus jactatus, nicknamed "Sparklemuffin" for its sparkly muffin of a butt;


 and Maratus sceletus, nicknamed "Skeletorus" because it looks like it's put on a skeleton costume to go Halloween trick-or-treating.



The two spiders look very different. Sparklemuffin has an iridescent red-and-blue striped pattern on its abdomen, resembling the three other members of this group of peacock spiders. Skeletorus, on the other hand, looks very different -- white stripes on a black body, with subtle iridescent blue scaling on its abdomen.The spiders both hail from southaest Queensland, Australia, where they were discovered by UC Berkeley student Madeline Girard, who studies peacock spiders, along with a friend, and later photographed by peacock spider photographer and acarologist Dr J├╝rgen Otto, who also co-authored the scientific report with jumping spider journal Peckhamia editor David E. Hill.
Although their colouring is about as far apart as colouring could be, they display characteristics in common with the rest of the peacock spider family -- namely, their anatomy; and the fancy dances they do to attract a mate, raising their legs and waggling and fanning their abdomen flap.






6 comments :

  1. Sparklemuffin?
    Bwahahahaha

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    1. Would be a good name for a rooter! (If I decide to get another one, someday)

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  2. Both are ugly just like any spider and both give me the creeps.

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    1. I don't like 'em either, Dick. Only the cartoon ones are cute!

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  3. Spiders creep me out..but that was just too funny. Thanks for the laugh!

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