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Jovial Jumping Spider-female

Apricia jovialis


This attractive jumping spider was just a little over 5 mm long. The body was black with a banded yellow pattern on the abdomen. Legs were brown and pedipalps were covered with white hairs.


Spotted in the outer wall -suburban house. Said to be common and widespread along coastal mainland Australia and Tasmania.


The spider is known to creep about slowly and move its cephalothorax from side to side, keeping its abdomen stationary ( pics 2 & 3). Pedipalps were never still especially as my camera got a little too close.
The male of the species is smaller with a narrower abdomen.
Was called Ocrisiona jovialis but is now Apricia jovialis.
Family: Salticidae

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Thanks for your comments everyone - she was a cutie with chubby front legs.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Yes, a very cool name. Great spotting and pics of this beautiful girl, Leuba.

Very cool find Leuba,congrats and thanks for sharing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Good shots Leuba. I could hardly see it.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Love the name :-)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Cute! Love the pedipalps :)

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 7, 2017
Submitted on Dec 11, 2017

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