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Jumping spider

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Species:
Hypoblemum griseum
(ID as shown below)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: 7 mm
Habitat:
Often found on walls of buildings and on tree trunks on warmer days
Toxicity:
Unknown; not particularly aggressive towards humans but may easily jump into clothing by accident and then bite, producing inflammation and local pain; too small to be dangerous but handle with caution
Hypoblemum griseum
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Another female
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Another male
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Another female
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Underneath male

Note that in the 1880s the same spider collector named two Hypoblemum species: H. villosum and H. albovittatum. Various internet sites mention these as being found widely in Australia and New Zealand and they are reasonably similar in appearance although the available photos for H. albovittatum tended to be rather variable. However, the uncertainty as to the appropriate scientific names for these two species has now been resolved and the appropriate name for each species is shown and justified in the following paper: J.C. Otto, D.E. Hill and R. Whyte (2019) Peckhamia180.1, 1-62.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: There are several other salticid species with similar brown-grey markings and body shape that could be confused with this species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 2 November 2019.