Jumping Spiders are some of the most distinctive spiders around, thanks largely to their unique eye arrangements, and especially the two large and round eyes at the centre. These cute little spiders are fast and skilled hunters, relying more on agility and precision to catch their preys rather than sitting on webs all day and wait for prey. Jumping Spiders are widely distributed throughout the world, and come in a wide range of colours and appearance that never fail to awe! Check out the Jumping Spiders here!

Unidentified Jumping Spider (Ptocasius sp.?) ♂

#1. A Ptocasius (?) Jumping Spider. These spiders have the best eyes of all the other spiders, and with them, they are capable of estimating distance accurately, allowing them to ambush prey (even up to 10cm away!) or simply to jump from one leaf to another.

 

Wide-Jawed Viciria- Viciria praemandibularis ♂

#2. A male Wide-Jawed Jumper (likely Parabathippus sp.). Some Jumping Spiders have exceptionally large jaws to help them grip their prey before immobilizing and eating them.

 

Telamonia dimidiata ♀ with prey

#3. A female, Two- striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) enjoying its lunch. After paralyzing the fly with her envenomed fangs, this hungry spider releases special enzymes that digest the internals of the fly so that the spider can enjoy the resulting nutritious fly juice.

 

Carrhotus sannio 1 (Black and White Jumper)

#4. A male Black and White Jumper (Carhotus sannio). Most Jumping Spiders are diurnal- active during the day, inactive at night. Some of these spiders actually enjoy the sun as much as we do, and can often be seen waiting on the surface of leaves for preys unlucky enough to pass by.

 

Harmochirus brachiatus ♂ 1

#5. A male Hairy-Armed Jumper (Harmochirus brachiatus). Like most other spiders, Jumping Spiders have a total of 8 eyes- four facing the front, 2 facing the sides, and 2 somewhat facing the rear. This gives the spider close to a 360 degree view of the world- how awesome is that! It will always see you coming!

 

Menemerus bivittatus ♀ eating a cockcroach

#6. A female Common House Jumper (Menemerus bivittatus). Jumping Spiders are so successful that they are adapted to living in many different types of environments, including that of your house! These spiders are often misunderstood and hated although they help you rid of household insect pests.

 

Portia cf. fimbriata 1

#7. A male Portia spider. Some Jumping Spiders are actually very smart. Portia for example, is known to display learning abilities in hunting down its favourite preys- Orb Weaver Spiders.

 

Hyllus cf. semicupreus ♀- Semi-coppered Heavy Jumper

#8. A female Semi-Coppered Heavy Jumper (Hyllus cf. semicupreus). It is interesting to note that different species of Jumping Spiders seem to display different “personalities”- some are extremely alert and jumpy, whereas some like this one, are pretty carefree and doesn’t care too much about its surroundings. Found all the way to India, this cute little spider is one of most popular spiders in Malaysia.

 

Portia Jumping Spider (Portia sp. ♂)

#9. A male Portia Jumping Spider. The dark and dull colours of Portia spiders offer them exceptional camouflage among wilted leaves, debris or tree branches. These spiders tend to move very slowly as well, making them hard to notice.

 

Jumping Spider with prey

#10. An unidentified Jumping Spider feasting on a fly. Jumping Spiders are relentless hunters, and will not hesitate to ambush and kill preys that are much larger than they are. They will not easily give up their meals too!

 

Yellowish Black Jumping Spider

#11. A yellowish-black Jumping Spider (Stagetilus cf. opaciceps) cleaning its fangs and legs. Note the colour difference of its two main eyes (also called Anterior Median Eyes [AME]). This phenomenon is obvious in some other Jumping Spiders too, probably due to the way the eye lenses reflect light. A typical Jumping Spider possesses a 4-layered retina in each of its AME eyes, enabling it to see very differently from us, even up to the ultraviolet range.

Cookie Jumper- Ligurra sp. ♂

#12. A male Cookie Jumper (Ligurra sp.), so called because of its relatively flat abdomen that resembles a cookie! This curious little Jumping Spider has well developed legs I and prominent chelicerae.

 

Great Wide-Jawed Jumper- Parabathippus magnus ♂

#13. A male Great Wide-Jawed Jumper (Parabathippus magnus). A Great Wide-Jawed Jumper in the midst of cleaning his fangs, legs and eyes. This particular genus of Jumping Spider is known to have exceptionally long fangs and pedipalps. Fast and agile, Parabathippus makes efficient daylight hunters. Will probably be excruciatingly painful if bitten XD

 

Plexippus petersi ♀- Common Housefly Catcher

#14. A female Common Housefly Catcher (Plexippus petersi). This cute little spider helps human rid their houses of houseflies, mosquitoes and many other insect pests. But they are often misunderstood and killed just because they look “creepy”. How sad 🙁

 

Siler semiglaucus ♂

#15. A male Bottle-Brush Iridescent Jumper (Siler semiglaucus). Some spiders have “unique” personalities and “styles” as they go about their normal lives. This particular spider for example, loves to raise its forelegs and abdomen whenever it moves. Perhaps it is trying to imitate ants (this spider’s favourite food)?

 

Semi-coppered Heavy Jumper- Hyllus cf. semicupreus ♀

#16. A female, Semi-coppered Heavy Jumper (Hyllus cf. semicupreus). This spider is pretty easy to recognize due to the relatively large size, the two “horns” on the head and of course, the apparent white band across its “face”. Hyllus cf. semicupreus Jumping Spiders can be found all the way to India, thanks to their amazing adaptability. Unlike most other large spiders, these spiders were able to live together with humans (in their gardens and parks), thus gaining access to a lot more food, especially flies!

 

Wide-Jawed Viciria- Viciria praemandibularis ♀

#17. A female Wide-Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis). The distinct and unique orange colour and patterns of the Wide-Jawed Viciria are hard to miss~ However, the females do not have wide-jaws like the menacing males do.

 

Heavy Jumper- Hyllus sp. ♂

#18. A male Heavy Jumper (Hyllus sp.) Heavy Jumpers usually refer to large-sized Jumping Spiders which are often very hairy. They can be very fast when provoked, but most of the time they are very trustful, and don’t mind doing their own things while you photograph them~

 

A Double-Yellow Line Epeus- Epeus flavobilineatus ♀

#19. A sub-adult female Double-Yellow Line Epeus (Epeus flavobilineatus). This sub-adult Epeus is really unique thanks to its greenish colour! The colour is a useful camouflage as these spiders often dwell on the (green) leaves of shrubs and small plants.

 

Red Wide-Jawed Jumper- Parabathippus sp. ♂

#20. A male Red Wide-Jawed Jumper (Parabathippus sp.). Another encounter with this agile jumper (same as photo #2). These large Jumping Spiders usually wait for prey on the top-side of leaves, and like many other spiders, will quickly dart underneath leaves when they sense danger.

 

Plexippus sp. ♀- Housefly Catcher

#21. A female Housefly Catcher (Plexippus sp.). Although considered as a “pest” by most people, these spiders actually help humans in controlling the real pests like houseflies and blowflies! Know your real enemy guys!

 

Hyllus cf. diardi ♀- Heavy Jumper

#22. A female Heavy Jumper (Hyllus cf. diardi). A Heavy Jumper with a bad hair day. This large and hairy jumping spider may look pretty scary, but in fact, it is one of the most friendly, as with most other Hyllus jumping spiders. This spider is not shy and will not try to flee when encountered, instead, they will often jump onto anything (hands, camera etc.) placed directly in front of them, like most Fighting Spiders (Thiania sp.) do.

 

Greater Housefly Catcher- Plexippus paykulii ♂

#23. A male Greater Housefly Catcher (Plexippus paykulii). This particular species of Jumping Spider can be commonly found on buildings of houses, feeding on houseflies, hence the name. Plexippus paykulii often compete with Plexippus petersi for the same microhabitat.

 

Double-striped Carrhotus- Carrhotus viduus ♂

#24. A male Double-striped Carrhotus (Carrhotus viduus). This curious little spider can be recognized fairly easily by its thick, white moustache. Often found in gardens, this spider can usually be found waiting on leaves for prey. Unlike many other Jumping Spiders, this one seldom flees when photographed.

 

Heavy Jumper- Hyllus diardi ♀

#25. A mature, large and very hairy female heavy jumper (Hyllus diardi). Despite the scary-looking appearance, heavy jumpers are usually shy, sometimes even curious. Since they are relatively huge, and don’t really move around much, they make great photographic subjects. This is the same individual, but 2 moults more than the one in #22.

 

Jumping Spider ♀ with prey

#26. A unknown female Jumper eating another Jumper! This particular scorpion-like Jumper has beautiful, yellowish-green coloration on the body, and the knack to raise its abdomen as seen in photo. This particular species of spider is known to be extremely stubborn when they are eating- extremely unwilling to let go of their precious food!

 

Great Pancorius Jumper- Pancorius cf. magnus ♀

#27.  A female Great Pancorius Jumper (Pancorius cf. magnus). This large-sized Salticid spider is pretty common in less disturbed gardens and forest fringe, where they are often seen lying in wait on the surface of leaves (as seen in photo). Fast and ferocious, these Jumpers can grow up to 1-2cm in size!

 

Six-spotted Scorpion Jumper- Bavia sexpunctata ♀

#28. A female Six-spotted Scorpion Jumper (Bavia sexpunctata). This Salticid is so called because of the obvious 6 spots on its abdomen, and also the fact that it looks like a scorpion while resting. These spiders are often found on buildings or on tree trunks. The first pair of legs are strong and well-suited for hunting.

 

Striated Donoessus- Donoessus striatus ♂

#29. A male Striated Donoessus (Donoessus striatus). An awesome looking spider with a lot of striated marks throughout its body, an uncommon find! The dorsal patterns are characteristic for both male and female.

 

Jumping Spider

#30. An unidentified female Jumping Spider cleaning her legs.

 

Hyllus cf. keratodes with food

#31. A female Heavy Jumper (Hyllus cf. keratodes) feasting on another smaller spider. Although spiders are quite capable of eating everything (polyphagous), they certainly have their own preferences if they get to choose!

 

Hyllus cf. keratodes ♂

#32. A male Heavy Jumper (Hyllus cf. keratodes). This is the male version of #32. it seems that the two, characteristic “horns” on the heads of male spiders of this particular species tend to fall off as they age, often misleading people to think that they are different species.

 

Salticid

#33. A male Bianor angulatus cleaning his teeth and fangs. This particular spider has extraordinarily long legs I, and prefers hanging around wet, rocky areas near freshwater bodies.

 

Bianor cf. angulosus ♂

#34. A male Bianor cf. angulosus (same one as #33), viewed from the top. This particular Salticid has 6 white spots on his abdomen, and really long and strong legs I. Bianor is closely related to Harmochirus, which also have specialized legs I.

 

Mother Siler semiglaucus guarding her eggs

#35. Mother Siler semiglaucus guarding her eggs. A Bottle-Brush Iridescent Jumper guarding her rounded eggs under a protective web cocoon. Inside, the mother will patiently care for her eggs, guarding them from predators.

 

Ant-mimicking Spider (Myrmarachne ♀)

#36. A female Ant-mimicking Spider (Myrmarachne sp.). Not every kerengga ant (Oecophylla) you see is an ant. Certain spiders from the family Salticidae and Thomisidae have evolved to greatly resemble Weaver ants, both for protection and predation (on Oecophylla). These ant-mimicking spiders can be easily identified by their 4 pairs of legs (instead of just 3)! Found this mother Myrmarachne guarding her egg sac on a tree infested with weaver ants- very brave. After all, the most dangerous places are usually the safest.

 

Maybe Black-and-White Jumper (Carrhotus sannio ♀?)

#37. Possibly a female Black-and-White Jumper (Carrhotus sannio ♀?). The male of the species is as shown in Photo #4. This cute and common Jumping Spider is slow, curious, and has a brownish-red hue to her hair. The “face” is pretty broad and flat as well. This spider often frequents low vegetation of gardens.

 

Double-striped Carrhotus- Carrhotus viduus ♂

#38. A male Double-striped Carrhotus (Carrhotus viduus). The female is shown below. This one is probably an old individual, the characteristic “moustache” seems to be missing in this one. The Double-striped Carrhotus is a fairly common Jumping Spider that can be found on shrubs and low vegetation. The males are usually wait on leaves or twigs for prey. However, they can be quite aggressive towards other males, often chasing and hunting down intruders.

 

Double-striped Carrhotus- Carrhotus viduus ♀

#39. A female Double-striped Carrhotus (Carrhotus viduus). The male is shown above. Although the females can be found in the same habitats as the males, they are a lot faster and jumpy. It is also observed that this particular species of jumping spiders can jump a lot farther than average.

 

Electric Blue Banded Phintella- Phintella vittata ♂

#40. A male Electric Blue Banded Phintella (Phintella vittata). The Phintella vittata is rather tiny, but very striking Jumping Spider that attracts a lot of attention because of its metallic colours. Note the extra long spider fangs! Scary!


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