Let me see your peacock

Genus: Maratus

Family: Salticidae (jumping spiders)

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If you are afraid of spiders than maybe these might be the more acceptable variety.

I mean, they are colourful and there is no way they could harm you. why? Because you probably won’t even know they are around you unless you looked really… really…… really hard. They are tiny, tinier than the eraser on your pencil.

Peacock spiders may be the only spiders who are verified Youtube stars. Hailing from Western Australia, the creatures are known for their elaborate mating dances where they wave their legs overhead, shake their rears and hop around. But part of what is so eye-catching about these minute creatures, who are just five millimetres long, are their thoraxes, which are covered with iridescent rainbows.

Those beautiful rainbow colours are the only display in nature that uses all the colours of the rainbow, reports Brandon Specktor at LiveScience.

Like almost all spiders, they are venomous. But unlike many spiders, the greatest attribute of jumping spiders is their advanced eyes.  Spiders have eight, occasionally six, eyes, but they are generally quite simple organs, specks of black or silver that can detect light and dark, shadow and movement and some fairly rudimentary blurry images, even at low light levels.  The two central front eyes of the jumping spider are much more advanced – large, fronted by spherical lenses, with an internal focusing mechanism and complex four-layered retina.  All this means that a jumping spider can see fine detail, in colour and at different distances.

The jumping spider can see its prey from metres away, creep up and then pounce from a distance of over 20 times its body length to deliver an instant fatal bite.

Unfortunately for the spider, if it’s a human, their bite will not even register. As their fangs can’t penetrate our thick skin.