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Watch This Neon Peacock Spider Do a Creepy Little Dance

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We're back to Australia for another strange mini-monster, and much like the “pocket dinosaur” we showed you last week, this creature is actually kinda cute... well, maybe.
 
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The species Maratus volans, found throughout the continent, is nicknamed the “peacock spider” for the colorful wing-like flaps on its abdomen, which help the male spider attract a mate. His display pattern, which sometimes resembles a human face, can include patches of red, blue, gold, green, orange, purple, black or white hairs, and he enhances the overall effect by busting some sweet dance moves, raising his third set of legs high above his body in a bizarre love ritual.
 
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Photo: Jurgen Otto/National Geographic
 
Check out the little dude workin' it in this clip:
 

 

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