In August of 2013 we went to Arizona and Sonora to get fresh specimens of the beautiful Habronattus for genomic work. Habronattus are the North American version of Australia’s famous peacock spiders, but with a difference: while their colours are not so brilliant, the male courtship ornaments and motions are more complex and diverse than those of the peacock spiders. We had a long list of species we wanted to catch, but we had two very special targets: an undescribed species from Arizona that we called “sunglow”, and another undescribed species from Sonora. We were thrilled to catch both. Wayne tweeted the trip at https://twitter.com/WayneMaddison, this tweet and previous. Sam also composed a Storify summary of tweets from the trip.
A male of The Peñasco Beast, an undescribed species of Habronattus that appears to be related to H. tarsalis, but which is altogether strange. It lives on the salty plants and mud of this negative estuary.