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Jumping Spider (Various spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the 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.



Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Jumping Spiders are in the Salticidae family. "Saltare" in Latin means leap - the kind of jumping seen in dancing. These tiny, sometimes hairy spiders pounce onto insect prey and even objects that can 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 also jump away from threats. The distances they can cover in one leap are extraordinary considering their size. They are credited with keen eyesight and avid curiosity, often boldly 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. This is not the type of spider that forges a web and sits on it forever. They are commonly found on the ground outside, wandering in leaf litter and lawns. They wander indoors sometimes, and scout out the territory. This means they can be found on sofas, where they creep up on unsuspecting humans watching television. They may be a bit cheeky, but they are harmless and probably enjoy watching people "saltare" away from them in fright.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Salticidae
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          Genus: Various
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 9mm (0.15" to 0.35")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: orange, white
Descriptors: fast, furry, hairy, jumping, leaping, eyes
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 4mm (0.2in) and 9mm (0.4in)
Lo: 4mm
Md: 6.5mm
Hi: 9mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Jumping Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Jumping Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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