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Jumping spider

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Species:
Sandalodes superbus
(M. Zabka)
formerly Bavia ludicra (RM)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 13 mm
male: 11 mm
Habitat:
On, or more commonly under, the leaves and bark of trees, especially in eucalypt forests; this species is often found hiding in rolled up strips of bark hanging loosely from eucalypts
Toxicity:
Unknown; said to be capable of causing significant pain at a bite site but no serious illness or long-term consequences
Sandalodes superbus
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Preserved male
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Preserved female
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Preserved female

The white markings on this black spider are distinctive and useful for identification purposes. However, the female's markings are notably different from those of the male.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Sandalodes scopifer, Opisthoncus mordax and other salticid species with a similar body shape.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 29 December 2006.