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Jumping Spider

Athamas whitmeei


Small salticid (4mm body length), black (the blue sheen is only visible depending on light, as can be seen in picture #3) with bright orange markings (warning colours?) and light brown legs; the first pair of legs is much longer than the others; the palps are "hairy" and it has only six eyes. Does anyone have any information on this guy?


Coastal area with rainforest in tropical climate, just outside of the town Lenakel, on Tanna Island - Vanuatu. I saw this little guy jumping around in my hut.


I haven't been able to find out much about the arthropods of Vanuatu, as they seem virtually unexplored. Anyone with similar sightings, I'd love to hear from you.

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33 Comments (1–25)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

Thanks! It is a cute little beast.

LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Love this one!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thanks TamalDas.

TamalDas 7 years ago

What a beauty!! great capture

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thank you for the nice comments RikMartin and Diaz José.

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

Orange blue jumping spider from Vanuatu!?!?! can it get cooler??

RikMartin 7 years ago

beautiful spider and well captured

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thank you Gilma.

Congratulation on the SOTW, Fantastic spotting!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thanks, triggsturner.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Great series Felix. Well done on your SOTW.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thank you Daniele, happy to be here.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Felix, and a belated welcome to Project Noah!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thanks guys :-)

Congratulations Felix, well deserved!

BonnieLewis 7 years ago

Wow! That's a beauty! Great shot!

JamesPriest2 7 years ago

Lovely colours. Constantly amazed at the variety of colours found in certain species.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Felix, this beauty has been chosen as Spotting of the Week!



Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thank you Despina and bayucca :-)

bayucca 7 years ago

You have my vote :-)!

congrats for the nomination Felix!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thanks bayucca, I can probably remove the question mark now.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Thanks for the nomination Ashley.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Tafea, Vanuatu

Spotted on Feb 25, 2011
Submitted on Aug 2, 2016

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