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Zebra Jumper (Salticus scenicus)

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

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Bright stripes on a dark abdomen stand out on the Zebra Jumper, adding character to this charming little spider.

Updated: 01/06/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Like other Jumping Spiders, the Zebra Jumper is small, but hoppy. It can leap far distances, relative to its size, in order to pounce on prey or escape a predator. The dark brown color of the body provides good contrast to the creamy stripes on the sides of the abdomen. These stripes may almost connect in the middle. Two curvy, ivory spots mark the cephalothorax, almost touching at the midline to create a 'U' shape. Sandy brown pedipalps covered in hairs sit at the front of the face; they are not a 5th pair of legs.

This European import has made a home in most of the continent. Its peak season for sightings is in early summer when males and females are trying to mate and reproduce. Look for them outdoors or even inside. Thanks to its small size and stealthy nature, it is more likely to find you than the reverse.©InsectIdentification.org

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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: Salticus
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            Species: scenicus

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Salticus scenicus
Other Name(s): Zebra Spider
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 7mm (0.15" to 0.27")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; ivory; white
Descriptors: tiny; small; jumping; leaping; hairy; stripes

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 4mm (0.2in) and 7mm (0.3in)
Lo: 4mm
Md: 5.5mm
Hi: 7mm

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 Zebra Jumper 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 Zebra Jumper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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