Jumping Spiders (Salticidae)

There are a wide variety of jumping spiders, and they are among the most colorfull of spiders. The largest in California, Phidippus, can be over 20 mm long. Most hunt in foliage, but a few genera (e.g. Habronattus) hunt on the ground (Female Phidippus are often found on the ground guarding eggsacs under bark or stones. They have very well developed eyes and are thought to have the best vision among all terrestrial invertebrates. They are visually oriented hunters, and will track and stalk their prey before pouncing on it.


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2007 Cirrus Digital Imaging
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2007 Cirrus Digital Imaging
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2007 Cirrus Digital Imaging
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Lloyd Gomez 2004 California Academy of Sciences

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