Beautiful Science

Australian peacock spider, Maratus bubo.
Australian peacock spider, Maratus bubo.PHOTO: REUTERS
A specimen of the newly discovered Australian peacock spider, Maratus bubo, shows off its colourful abdomen in the image on the right. 	In addition to their vivid hues, the males of this species participate in energetic dancing courtship rituals, whi
A juvenile specimen sits on the nib of a pencil.PHOTO: REUTERS

A specimen of the newly discovered Australian peacock spider, Maratus bubo, shows off its colourful abdomen.

In addition to their vivid hues, the males of this species participate in energetic dancing courtship rituals, which can include a lot of vigorous waving, shaking and tapping.     

The arachnids may be spectacular, but they are tiny.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2016, with the headline 'Beautiful Science'. Print Edition | Subscribe