New species of peacock spider discovered in Rockingham


Rockingham photographer Paul Irvine found a new species of peacock spider.
Rockingham photographer Paul Irvine found a new species of peacock spider.

A NEW species of peacock spider has been discovered in Rockingham.

The Maratus gemmifer (Latin for bearing gums) was published in the Peckhamia as a new species along with three other new species and a sub-species in WA.

Rockingham photographer Paul Irvine found the spider about a year ago.

It was studied, described and published as a new species.

Peacock spiders are smaller than a pencil eraser. They are venomous, but not dangerous to humans. Their little jaws are so tiny that could not puncture human skin.

“These spiders are the type of things that are totally overlooked in the development of land areas and the macro habitats in our areas could be filled with guys like this that are yet to be found,” Mr Irvine said.

“Keep your eyes out and see what you can find.

“You never know, it may be a new one too.

“This may be the only location for this one and luckily it is in a reserve.

“But these guys can’t read maps or know where reserve boundaries end and development sub-divisions begin.”

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