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
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 Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, by Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson.
This is my favourite field guide to Australian spiders. It has a proper index. It has amazing photographs. If I had to find a weak point of it, it would be that there are so many photos that there is less writing than there could have been. I like photos though so it's all good. 464 pages.
From the publisher, "A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia uses photographs of live animals to enable identification of commonly encountered spiders to the family level and, in some cases, to genus and species. Featuring over 1300 colour photographs, it is the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published. With more than two-thirds of Australian spiders yet to be scientifically described, this book sets the scene for future explorations of our extraordinary Australian fauna."
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