Maratus elephans
When I looked through the Maratus specimens preserved in ethanol at the Australian Museum in Sydney in 2012 I noticed two individuals that were collected in 2001 by museum staff near Tamworth, about 5 hours from where I live. I went to that location five times to find some live ones that I could photograph, but no luck, despite some hard searching. I was close to despairing and started to think that I would perhaps never find it, when a friend of mine, Stuart Harris offered to have a look while travelling in that region, and came back with two males and a female. These formed the basis for the scientific description of this spider that you can download here
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