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Northern Green Jumping Spider (female)

Mopsus mormon


At a length of up to 12 mm (female), this is one of Australia's larger jumping spiders. These spiders, the Salticids, are easily recognized by their eyes pattern. Their front pair of eyes are very large with another three pair of smaller eyes on thorax. They have very good eyesight and are active during the day. The arrangement of four pairs of eyes makes their vision cover virtually 360 degrees. This female was a beautiful shade of green, very similar to the colour of the plant she was on. Not toxic to human, but this species is known to give a painful bite.


These spiders are very common in Queensland. This one was found on the leaf of a Philodendron plant in my garden.


I'm not too sure what insect she's caught for dinner. Perhaps a leafhopper / treehopper / planthopper species? TBA.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Thank you, Watson5. It was only that I saw the flash of white (her prey) against the green background that I saw the spider. I would have missed her otherwise. I use a pocket camera, but it takes a reasonably good photo.

Watson5 a year ago

An amazing catch with your camera. Her coloring makes her hard to spot. Thank you for sharing this!

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 25, 2019
Submitted on Dec 22, 2019

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