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The female counterpart to the Copper peacock spiders, these adorable and very pretty peacock spiders hails from open, semi-arid Triodia (spinifex) grasslands in mallee habitat in SA. They are in season during the winter months, like most peacock spiders. They blend in very well with the red desert sand they live on and are nearly invisible until they jump or move around, dancing and with the males displaying using their fluffy leg brushes on leg III to females.
They are a lovely copper colour with swirls, spots and a light beige patch on the abdomen. The beach form is much lighter in colour, often white or light grey though with the same colour patterns as the desert form. Some beach individuals can have reddish colours especially on the legs and abdomen.
Unusually for peacock spiders, the female is just as pretty as the male! The females of this species can vary in colour depending on habitat, some females that have ventured into neighbouring patches of full, clay-soil mallee with lots of leaf litter have become dark, while those inhabiting mountainous forests are a dark brown, and those living in coastal beaches are white in colour.
This jumper will require sand to thrive. They make a little sand bubble out of their silk that they like to spend most of their time in, sleeping.
Pinheads no larger than the body size of the jumper is recommended for feeding.
Enclosure should have more floor space than roof space (horizontal) as these jumpers prefer to stay on the sand, and will rarely if ever climb to the top of the enclosure. We recommend the Mini Bug Box (horizontally) or The Cube, with a “Beach Boy” Kit.
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