Marat us is a spider genus of the Salticidae family. These spiders are commonly referred to as peacock spiders due to their colorful abdominal flaps that they display during courtship . In at least one species Marat us desperation the expansion of the flaps also occurs during ritualized contests between males .All described species except M. furious are endemic to Australia. Several species in this genus were earlier classified in the genus Saith containing the Mediterranean Saith barbies which is superficially similar to Marat us . However the two genera are in all likelihood not closely related.Marat us live on or near the ground in low bushes .
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