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Purple gold jumping spider

Simaethula sp.

Description:

A tiny, flat jumping spider with gold flecks on a deep purple background - about 2mm long

Habitat:

On the leaves of a small eucalyptus in a local national park.

Notes:

These usually run away before I get a shot but I realised afterwards it was trying to eat some lunch which kept it occupied.
"Simaethula is a genus closely related to Simaetha and endemic (only found in) Australia. It is smaller than Simaetha. These juveniles (about 1.5mm body length) were shaken out of a Lilly Pilly. There were several. They could be S. aurata (gilded golden) or S. auronitens (golden and polished, bright). They were very golden and in general resemble the drawings in Davies and Zabka guide to Australian Salticids." - Robert Whyte

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Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Tremont, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 18, 2021
Submitted on Jun 13, 2021

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