02spiderThe Sydney Funnel Web Spider may be the most dangerous to humans. Its venom is so potent and fast-acting that a small child could die within 15 minutes. Luckily, anti-venom was developed and since then, there have been no more reported human deaths.

In addition to the Funnel Web, Australia sure has its share of interesting spiders like the two new Peacock spiders named Skeletorus and Sparklemuffin. They were discovered in southeast Queensland by Madeline Girard, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley who studies peacock spiders, and Eddie Alois King, who went with her into the field. Peacock Spiders derive their name from bold bright colorings as well as interesting dancelike courtship display ritual.

Jürgen Otto, a co-author and entomologist who specializes in photographing the arachnids, said he watched Skeletorus perform its mating dance. “When [the male] got within a few centimeters of the female, he exploded into a firework of activity,” he told Live Science. “The spinnerets were extended and flicked around at an amazing speed, one of the legs was flexed like he wanted to show off his muscles, and he moved constantly from one side of the grass blade to the other.”

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See one of Otto’s videos of Skeletorus on Peacock Spider’s page.

Jürgen Otto and David E. Hill’s published their findings in The Peckham Society’s journal under Peckhamia 121.1.