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Warning arachnophobes! Australia’s terrifying wildlife just gained three new spider species


In case we didn’t have enough creepy crawlies in the country, three new variants of the Peacock Spider have just been discovered in Western Australia.

Not-for-profit group Project Maratus, who have been searching for the spider across WA, have stumbled on quite a few new species since 2017 – and this week they found the maratus aquilus, maratus felinus and the maratus combustus.

These tiny, beautifully-colourful arachnids are known for their playful mating dances, which you can see in action here.

Luckily, they’re not harmful to humans – that said, if I find one on the toilet seat, it’s a goner.

Pictured: A beautiful Peacock Spider.

With a background in nursing, Annie has spent over 20 years working in the health industry, including the coordination of medical support for international TV productions and major stadium events, plus education campaigns with a number of national health organisations. In recent years, she has also taken time out of the workforce to be a full-time carer, giving her first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of this role.

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