Peacock Spiders Are Colorful Dancers

Peacock Spiders Are Colorful Dancers

Peacock spiders are quite small, with the largest species measuring up to 0.7 cm (0.3 inches), but their mating rituals are loud and proud. Each species in the genus has a different dance that males perform to impress females. The dances involve leg lifts and flashes of the male's iridescent fans, as well as vibrations that the dancer creates by drumming on the ground.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    While they're "dancing," male peacock spiders create vibrations with their legs and abdomens to court females. (0:28)

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    Spiders don't have ears—they "hear" through sense organs in their legs. (2:18)

  • 3

    See the strange dance of the sparklemuffin spider: (3:01)

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