Australian Bronze Jumping Spider
Other Names: Threatening Jumping Spider
Family: Salticidae (Jumping Spiders). The world's most diverse and abundant spider family, with over 500 described genera and 5000 described species, which is more than 13% of all described spiders.
Size: Body 11-12 mm
References: Whyte and Anderson
About the Australian Bronze Jumping Spider
Some other jumping spiders are shown below the Australian Bronze Jumping Spider. Jumping spiders are among the most visually attractive of all spiders.
Note that dead spiders usually fade in colour, so nearly all the spiders will look blacker or darker in colour in real life than they do in the photos of dead spiders from the museum.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 2572 x 2000.
Source: Wikipedia. Public domain photo by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab. Jumping Spider (family Salticidae), species unknown. Beltsville, Maryland, USA. High Resolution 5616 x 3744.
Source: Wikipedia. Public domain photo by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab. Jumping spider, species unknown. From Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA. High Resolution 3816 x 2544.
Source: Wikipedia. Public domain photo by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab. Christmas Lights Jumping Spider from the Dominican Republic, species unknown, but surprisingly marked with fluorescent scales. High Resolution 4647 x 2919.
Source: Pixabay. Public domain photo. Jumping Spider, species and country unknown. High Resolution 1920 x 1440.
Source: Pixabay. Public domain photo. Jumping Spider, species and country unknown. High Resolution 1920 x 1470.
Source: Pixabay. Public domain photo. Cute Jumping Spider, species and country unknown. High Resolution 1920 x 1280.
A Guide to the Spiders of Australia, by Volker W. Framenau, Barbara C. Baehr, and Paul Zborowski.
This is a great field guide to Australian spiders. It's a toss up between this one and Spiderwatch for my second favourite spider field guide. This one is a lot different to Spiderwatch. It's got more than twice the number of pages. It's got much better photos. It comes with a soft clear plastic cover protecting the usual soft cover. On the other side of the argument, it's got no index other than an index of family names (i.e. no index of actual spider names, not their common names and not their scientific names). Which makes it hard to find things in it, if you don't know what family they are in. Also it's based on families and not individual spider species. It's still a wonderful book though.
From the publisher, "This definitive guide to the subject, written by three experts in the field, offers a window into a fascinating world. Notorious species such as the Redback and the Sydney Funnel-web sit alongside less wellknown but equally intriguing spiders such as the ant-mimics and net-casting spiders. The introduction covers spider structure, evolution, reproduction, silk and venom, together with peculiarities of the family within an Australian context.
The two main sections of the book deal with Trapdoor Spiders and Modern Spiders, and within each section there is a chapter on each of the 80 or so spider families that occur in Australia. Each is illustrated with beautiful photographs of the subjects, with more than 30 images per family for some of the larger groups such as the jumping spiders, and many rare images never before published. "
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