Joseph Schubert’s job may be one of the strangest jobs you’ve heard of in a long time — a peacock spider expert, according tomedia. Today, he published a new research paper in which he found seven new peacock spiders in South Australia. The seven new spiders show how gorgeous peacock spiders are.
Australia’s first peacock spider, Maratus Karsch, is known to have been discovered in 1878. Now the seven newly discovered peacock spiders have been named after Joseph Schubert:
– Maratus azureus
– Maratus constellatus
– Maratus inaquosus
– Maratus laurenae
– Maratus noggerup
– Maratus suae
– Maratus volpei
“The spiders mentioned in this paper are named after the people who found them,” Schubert told the BBC. “
“Many kinds of spiders were actually discovered by folk scientists, who recorded local data and took pictures of spiders before sending them to me. “Given the many peacock spiders that have been discovered over the past few years, I think there are many more species to be discovered. “
In addition, Schubert says his personal favorite among the newly discovered peacock spiders is Maratus Constellatus. “I ventured to Kalbari, a seven-hour drive north of Perth, where I found the species. I think the pattern on my stomach is very similar to Van Gogh’s Starry Sky, so I have the name ‘constellatus’, which means ‘star in Latin’.
Below is a study of Schubert and its peacock spiders from the Victora Museum.