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Jumping spider

Fact Box
Species:
Apricia jovialis
(See notes below)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: 6 mm
Habitat:
On tree trunks and many other surfaces
Toxicity:
Unknown; may cause pain or significant human illness
Apricia jovialis
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Male, two views
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Female and male
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Another female
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Another view

The originally popular name for this species was Breda jovialis (RM) but that is a Brazilian spider so the species shown above was renamed Ocrisiona jovialis until Barry Richardson in 2016 changed the name again to Apricia, a name now used in the World Spider Catalog.

This species is recognised by the yellow markings on the upper surface of its abdomen. It likes to use loose bark as a retreat but is often found in the open during daylight hours.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several other salticid species, notably Astia hariola.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 December 2016.