Maratus personatus. Remember that name. For that is the name of the cutest spider science has yet to find, maybe probably will ever find.
This tiny, striped, huge-eyed spider may just change the way we thing about the eight-legged crawlers. Just about everything from its appearance to its mating habits gives you more and more reasons to love it and love Jürgen Otto, the man who took the pictures.
Newscientist.com gives you all the information you need to jump on this bandwagon.
Officially named Maratus personatus (the species name derives from the Latin for masked), blueface belongs to the growing family of peacock spiders – dazzling little Australian natives that are just 3 to 5 millimetres long. As the name suggests, the males use vivid colours to attract females. But unlike other peacock spiders, the male M. personatus does not have a fan-like abdomen that it extends while trying to court females. Instead, it relies on its blue mask and the characteristic white banding around it to lure lady spiders.
It's mating ritual involves scurrying back and forth with two of its legs in the air, hoping to attract attention from females its bright blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask.
Do you want a video? What a silly question.
We all know Japanese culture appreciates some cute things and it's found another one in a sea slug.
The jorunna parva, or adorable bunny slug of the sea, has been making the rounds of Japanese social media and setting a new standard for cuteness in slugs.
We admit, it's not a very high bar.
Just look at them:
Oh, and they are also absolutely tiny, growing to a maximum of 21 millimeters.
As we say, the lovely little things have been crawling their way across the international Twittersphere. Unfortunately, we don't read Japanese, but we can assume these admirers are big fans of the bunny slugs.
せっかくなので私が自信を持っておすすめする海のクソカワ生物「ゴマフビロードウミウシ」をご覧下さい pic.twitter.com/p4iyfUsHc1— 九梨詩 (@kurishi_orikabi) July 13, 2015
Go ahead and watch the adorable things in action.