Bunbury photographer uncovers new spider species

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Bunbury macrophotographer Sunayana Rammohan has discovered a new species of peacock spider.Picture: Sunayana Rammohan
Camera IconBunbury macrophotographer Sunayana Rammohan has discovered a new species of peacock spider.Picture: Sunayana Rammohan Credit: Sunayana Rammohan

A Bunbury photographer has found a new type of peacock spider — her second recent discovery after uncovering one last year.

Sunayana Rammohan is no stranger to the world of tiny creepy crawlies, and her passion for taking photos of critters hidden from plain sight has led her to make another groundbreaking discovery.

The new spider, which is yet to be named, was found while she was visiting Cape Naturaliste.

“It’s very exciting that I’ve found another one,” Mrs Rammohan said.

“I found the spider and realised I hadn’t seen its bright colours before.

It was a surprise to see it as it’s the wrong time of year — they usually come out at spring.

Mrs Rammohan said she loved the distinct bright markings of this particular spider.

Bunbury macrophotographer Sunayana Rammohan has discovered a new species of peacock spider.
Camera IconBunbury macrophotographer Sunayana Rammohan has discovered a new species of peacock spider. Credit: Sunayana Rammohan/Sunayana Rammohan

Peacock spiders are native to Australia and are known for their elaborate courtship dances performed by the male spiders.

The spiders reach about 4mm-5mm when fully grown, making them difficult to find.

It’s like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

Mrs Rammohan said her next task was to find more when the weather was warmer and introduce a pair to try make the male dance.

“It’s a gamble, even if I go back when the conditions are right I might not be able to find it, but that only motivates me to search more,” she said.

Last year, Mrs Rammohan discovered her first species of peacock spider in Leschenault, which was named Maratus Suae after her.

Maratus Suae
Camera IconMaratus Suae Credit: Sunayana Rammohan

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