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Jumping Spider (Various spp.)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Jumping Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 1/10/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Jumping Spider  
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Small bodies belie the power of Jumping Spiders, an amazing group of hunters that go above and beyond what others can do.

Jumping Spiders are in the Salticidae family. "Salto" in Latin means leap, or jump as seen in dancing. These tiny, sometimes hairy spiders jump up onto insect prey or objects that provide better line-of-sight. They jump over obstacles, sometimes landing on people, dogs and other stationary objects between them and a hunting ground. They jump away from threats. The distances they cover in one leap are extraordinary considering their size. They are credited with keen eyesight and curiosity, often staring back at the humans observing them.

They are not aggressive and do not set out to bite people. They are active hunters and are more interested in moving on to an area that may offer a meal. They are commonly found on the ground outside in leaf litter and lawns. They wander indoors and onto sofas, where they seem to creep up on unsuspecting humans watching television. They are considered harmless though, and they often 'transfer' their magnificent leaping ability to supremely startled humans.

Picture of the Jumping Spider
Picture of the Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider Information

Category: Spider
Common Name: Jumping Spider
Scientific Name: Various spp.

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Arachnida
    Arrow graphic Order: Araneae
     Arrow graphic Family: Salticidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Various
       Arrow graphic Species: spp.

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 4 mm to 9 mm (0.156 inches to 0.351 inches)
Identifying Colors: orange, white
Additional Descriptors: fast, furry, hairy, jumping, leaping, eyes

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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