Well, helllooo! Meet one of the only arachnids that we'd actually call "cute," a newly-identified species of peacock spider dubbed "Sparklemuffin." Another new discovery, "Skeletorus" (which is also pretty cute, with added mod-meets-goth flair), is pictured below.


The petite spiders were discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia, by UC Berkeley grad student Madeline Girard, according to Live Science, which reports:

Girard affectionately gave the nickname Sparklemuffin to one of the species,Maratus jactatus, which has bluish and reddish stripes on its abdomen. She nicknamed the other species Skeletorus for its white markings on a black background, which make it look a bit like a skeleton.

Skeletorus, officially named Maratus sceletus, "looks dramatically different [from] all other peacock spiders known to date, making me think that this group is perhaps much more diverse than we had thought," said J√ľrgen Otto, an entomologist who specializes in photographing the arachnids and who co-authored the report.


Peacock spiders are known for their distinctive mating dances ‚ÄĒ check out Otto's 2013 video of another peacock species doin' its courtship thang below.

Read the full report at Peckhamia.

Photos by J√ľrgen Otto via Live Science

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