Unusual Peacock Spider
Male, Face
Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider
Unusual Peacock Spider (Maratus anomalus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Jumping Spider (Salticidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Unusual Peacock Spider (Maratus anomalus)
This Photo:     Male, Head

Thank you Suzanne and Jim for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Our 1st Peacock spider
Didn't even see the blue until we had a camera on it.
This is an important record as they have only been known from the Eastern States, so a range extension.
~3.5mm long
Black anterior stripe on 3rd row legs, which are covered in white hair lower down.
Blue upper abdomen, with white anterior horizontal strip AND red/orange horizontal posterior stripe.
Black cephalothorax, with white rear stripes, red/orange anterior edge stripes around the eyes, and white & red/orange dappled hair cut.
Long spinnerets

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.