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Jovial Jumping Spider-female

Apricia jovialis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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6 Comments

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
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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