The new species has been named Stenaelurillus albus, owing to the presence of a unique whitish area on the tegulum of the pedipalp - the copulatory organ of the male spider.The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys."Mating plugs are not very unusual in the animal kingdom. However, it is interesting to note that they have been reported in only 17 species of the approximately 5800 jumping spiders described so far," said research supervisor P.A. Sebastian from the Scared Hearth College.

All are medium sized spiders, with their anterior region (prosoma) bearing two white transverse stripes on the dorsal side."Another notable feature of these spiders is the presence of strong bristles around the eye region in both males and females," Sebastian said.

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