By AG STAFF 14 August 2017
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A tiny jumper with a 5 o’clock shadow

“This fluffy faced jumping spider (Jotus auripes) was found in Warrandyte, VIC. It’s about 4mm long and has iridescent pedipalps (front legs) which are used to attract a mate.”

The jumping spider family contains over 600 described genera and more than 5800 described species, making it the largest family of spiders worldwide. They are recognisable, not only by their ability to jump, but by their eye pattern. All jumping spiders have four pairs of eyes, with the front pair being particularly large.


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