'Elton John' spider wearing sunglasses and playing piano melts hearts

‘Elton John’ spider that looks like it’s wearing sunglasses with a black toupée while playing piano melts hearts

  • A tiny jumping spider spotted in Queensland looks like Elton John playing piano
  • ‘That is seriously adorable,’ commented one person on the cute video 
  • The spider was identified as a female White-banded House Jumper 

A spider that resembles Elton John has won fans on a Facebook page for arachnid enthusiasts. 

The tiny jumping spider looks like it is wearing round black sunglasses under a black toupee and playing an imaginary piano in the video.

‘That is seriously adorable,’ commented one person. 

‘What a cute, cool dude,’ posted another. 

‘Elton John if he came back as a spider,’ said one commenter, nailing the likeness. 

‘Elton John if he came back as a spider,’ said one commenter on the video posted by Adrian Pearce, nailing the likeness

The spider was identified by one person as a female White-banded House Jumper (Maratus scutulatus).

The species is found mainly on the east coast of Australia on the bark of trees and green leaves, as well as other natural surfaces.

Adrian Pearce, who filmed the spider, said he spotted it at Horse Camp, west of Bundaberg. 

The females generally reach about 7mm in size while males are smaller at 5mm. They are considered highly mobile and quick to jump if startled.    

A bite from the Elton John look-alike can cause local pain and inflammation, and even mild illness.

It’s little piano-playing hands are pedipalps, a second pair of appendages found in various arthropods such as spiders and crabs. 

Pedipalps sit on each side of the mouth and usually perform a specific function such as grasping or feeling. 


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