New peacock spider species described from Cape York

On 24 January 2019 my good friends Joseph Schubert and Robert Whyte named a new species of peacock spider from Cape York in Peckhamia 177.1 The spider, name Maratus sagittus was discovered on a Bush Blitz expedition to Quinkan Country, an indigenous rock art region located within the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. The expedition involved a team of scientists from Queensland Museum, Cairns Tropical Herbarium, Queensland Herbarium, and the University of NSW, working with Quinkan Country indigenous rangers and traditional owners: the Laura Ranger group and the Western Yalanji Aboriginaal Corporation. The species name “sagittus” refers to the arrow-shaped marking on the dorsal opisthosomal plate of the male.