- Male from above with measurements
- Male, views from all sides
- Male displaying to a female
- Male display colours and patterns in detail
- Details of scales
This spider is named after its discoverer, Stuart Harris, who found a single male at Boroomba Rocks (Namadgi National Park) south of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, at an altitude of 1248 m 35 33' 43.8" S, 148 59' 35.0" E. The carapace, top of the cephalothorax, has a U shape marking out the eyes, but is mostly dark. The abdomen, including side flaps, is colourful, white with long hairs at the leading edge and having three dark blobs at the rear, the central one largest. There are two white blobs in the rear half of the upper surface and a thin upside down V shape running lengthways from the leading edge, starting red and continuing dark. On either side of this V are similar single lines running lengthways. Each flap when extended, looks like a bulging disk of light olive-green, dark at the leading edge, white at the rear with a small black spot. Leg III, often raised in courtship displays, is longer than the others. M. harrisi resembles M. vespertilio in many respects, but the colouration is quite different.
Male from above with measurements
Male, views from all sides
Male displaying to a female
The female was from a closely related species.
Male display colours and patterns in detail
Details of scales
- PECKHAMIA 96.1, 1 December 2011, 1―27 - An illustrated review of the known peacock spiders of the genus Maratus from Australia, with description of a new species (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae) Jürgen C. Otto and David E. Hill