Australia's three newly-discovered species of peacock spider

The three newly-discovered spiders.
The three newly-discovered spiders. Photo credit: Twitter/Joseph Schubert.

As if they didn't have enough already, Australia has discovered three new species of spiders.

Spider taxonomist Joseph Schubert named the three newly discovered species on Tuesday after the unique markings and colours each of the breeds display.

They were discovered by Mr Schubert and a group of photographers in Lake Jasper and Mount Romance, Western Australia.

He named the spiders "Maratus aquilus, Maratus felinus, and Maratus combustus", explaining the 'combustus' reminded him of a "fiery explosion".

The 'aquilus' refers to markings on its back resembling an eagle's face, and the 'felinus' has markings that resemble a cat.

Mr Schubert said on Twitter arachnophobes need not fear as these new discoveries are too small to harm humans.

"These little guys are completely harmless! They're roughly the length of a grain of rice."

His research findings say 60 of the 74 species of peacock spider have been discovered in the past 10 years.

All three of the newly discovered breeds belong to the classification of 'peacock spider,' meaning the males usually have unusual colour patterns that they show off to attract mates.

Mr Schubert's research findings say 60 of the 74 discovered species of peacock spider have been discovered in the last 10 years.

Almost half of known peacock spiders are native to Western Australia's south-west.

"The south-west Australia ecoregion is known as one of the planet's major biodiversity hotspots and a hotspot for peacock spider diversity," states the report.

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