Two Vividly-Marked Peacock Spider Species Nicknamed “Sparklemuffin” and “Skeletorus” Discovered in Queensland

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by Kate Sierzputowski on This is Colossal

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Two new species of peacock spiders have been discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia—one appearing with vivid reds and blues while the other’s details exist in stark black and white. Peacock spiders, named after their bright patterns and dancelike courtship, measure in at just under 0.3 inches. Madeline Girard, a graduate student at UC Berkeley, discovered the two species while in the field, nicknaming the brightly colored spider “Sparklemuffin” and the other “Skeletorus” after its bonelike pattern.

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Jürgen Otto, an entomologist who specializes in photographing the arachnids said Skeletorus, officially namedMaratus sceletus, is completely different than any peacock spider previously discovered. “Despite the large number of species we have discovered just in the last few years, I can’t help feeling that we may have just scratched the surface of this most exciting group of spiders, and that nature has…

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Divoka Sárka – Bit of nature on the outskirts of Prague

Hi! I’m Saeunn, one of the Pioneers of Prague as we like to call ourselves, that is one of the first people who gets to enjoy Prague with the help of Capacity London.

I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things to do is to get out of the house and get a big dose of nature. Of course when I first got to Prague I was amazed (and in fact still am) by the beautiful and intricate architecture, the cobbled streets and the absolutely absurd amount of statues (seriously, everywhere!). For the first few weeks all I did was explore the city and all its crazy decorative details but after a while I wanted a bit of nature’s crazy details.

Enter Divoka Sárka or Wild Sárka. It is a beautiful nature reserve on the outskirts of Prague and it is just a short tram ride…

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