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Jumping spider

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Species:
Omoedus orbiculatus (QM)
(see notes below)
Previous species name:
Pystera orbiculata
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
On leaves or bark in forests
Toxicity:
Unknown; may produce local pain and inflammation
Omoedus orbiculatus
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Several photos
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Immature male
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Another male

This species was previously recognized as a Zenodorus species but Platnick now advises that the preferred generic name for all Zenodorus species is Omoedus.

Being so small it is not often noticed but important distinguishing features are almost uniformly dark colouring, the broad, high carapace and the almost disk-shaped abdominal surface of the female with its white rim.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Omoedus durvillei and a number of other small salticids, the naming of which is often incomplete.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 23 April 2014.