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Magnolia Green Jumper

Lyssomanes viridis


In Florida and other southeastern states, the Magnolia Green Jumper is one of the most easily recognized of all the jumping spiders. Its vibrant green coloring along with that stupendously orange cap and huge, forward-looking eyes give it an eerily cute appearance. But have no doubt, this little spider is a balls-to-the-wall predator, easily hunting and capturing prey many times its own size. Jumping spiders are small to medium in size, stout-bodied and short-legged, with a distinctive eye pattern. The body is rather hairy (pubescent) and frequently brightly colored or iridescent. Some species are antlike in appearance. The jumping spiders forage for their prey in the daytime. They approach prey slowly and, when a short distance away, make a sudden leap onto the unfortunate animal. They are good jumpers and can leap many times their own body length. Jumping spiders are easily distinguished from other spiders by their four big eyes on the face and four smaller eyes on top of the head. Around the world there are probably more than 5000 species of jumping spiders. Jumping spiders are charming lil buggers that look up and watch you. Although a jumping spider can jump more than fifty times its body length, none of its legs has enlarged muscles. The power for jumping comes from a quick contraction of muscles in the front part of the body increasing the blood pressure, which causes the legs to extend rapidly much as the hydraulics in a low-rider car. Their vision also allows communications by visual means, such as the elaborate courtship dances that males perform. Salticids are perhaps as old and diverse as mammals, though not many humans know their world. Many salticids are colorful, they take on a variety of body forms, and some have disguises, looking like ants and other organisms. The bright colors and elaborate forms of some jumping spider species are involved in courtship.

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Hedgehog Girl
Hedgehog Girl 6 years ago

it looks clear and green: >O

MayraSpringmann 6 years ago


RickBohler 6 years ago

So true Christine :)

C.Sydes 6 years ago

All these jumping spiders are so photogenic, perhaps they should have their own mission

RickBohler 6 years ago

The orange and white (hair like) on its head gets bigger and the black spots get less predominate from what I have seen. this guy is tiny: about 1/8" long

JesNicolas 6 years ago

Does this spider has different patterns or does the patterns on the body change as the spider ages?

Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.26, Long: -81.43

Spotted on Dec 23, 2011
Submitted on Dec 23, 2011

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