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Jumping Spider Uses Ant As Bodyguard
2014-03-12 09:31:54

Springer Ants are the unlikely guardians of jumping spiders in their battle against aggressive spitting spiders A timid jumping spider uses the scent of ants as a secret weapon to save itself from becoming the somewhat soggy prey of the predatory spitting spider. The downside to this plan is that jumping spiders are also a favorite snack of its very own saviors. To overcome this additional hazard, the spider has made yet another plan in the form of an ant-proof nest, writes Ximena...

New Species Of Spider Discovered While Filming 'Wild Things'
2013-07-29 10:39:38

AlphaGalileo Foundation The spider expert at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, Dr. Peter Jager, has discovered further previously unknown spider species in Laos. One of the spiders, now described for the first time, crawled across his path during the filming of Dominic Monaghan's nature documentary "Wild Things", which is why he named it after the Berlin-born actor: Ctenus monaghani. The new spider species was introduced with its first description, published in the...

2012-12-20 05:02:37

Caracas-based Tedexis, South and Central American enterprise mobility expert, partners with MobiWork® to provide MobiWork´s mobile workforce solutions to its customers. Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) December 19, 2012 Florida based MobiWork® today announced that Tedexis, a South American mobile solutions technology company headquartered in Caracas and covering the northern part of South America and all of Central America, will be bringing MobiWork® mobile workforce solutions...

Vampire Jumping Spiders Are Picky Eaters
2012-06-07 09:43:12

Do we now need to worry about vampire spiders? Well, only if you live in New Zealand and are a female mosquito. Picky eaters by any standards, E. culicivora jumping spiders, also known as vampire spiders, feed almost exclusively on female mosquitoes, which are filled with blood from their victims. Ximena Nelson from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, says, “You can see from the diet when you find them in the field that there is a high number of mosquitoes in what they...

Male Spiders May Break Off Genitals To Boost Paternity
2012-02-01 09:13:18

Perhaps it is not a thought that crosses the minds of the average male, but spiders have more to consider than most other creatures when it comes to choosing a mate. Biologists have long known that some male spiders sacrifice their genitals in the act of reproduction and that doing so leaves them sterile, but no one could adequately explain why this was so. An answer, however, may now be at hand following a series of meticulous experiments by Daiqin Li, a behavioral ecologist at the...

2011-12-13 01:06:50

If you're a red-headed guy with eight bulging eyes and a unibrow, size does indeed matter for getting the girl. More specifically, the bigger a male jumping spider's weapons appear to be, the more likely his rival will slink away without a fight, leaving the bigger guy a clear path to the waiting female. Duke University graduate student Cynthia Tedore, working with her dissertation advisor, visual ecologist Sönke Johnsen, wanted to know what visual signals matter most to...


Latest Salticidae Reference Libraries

Jumping Spiders, Salticidae
2014-06-19 08:06:16

Salticidae is a family that holds over five thousand species of jumping spiders that can be found throughout the world, including areas with heavy snowfall. Most species prefer to reside in tropical forests, but these spiders can also be found in temperate forests, deserts, and mountainous regions, among other habitats. Although the taxonomic structure of this family is well established, the closest relatives of the family have not yet been identified. Jumping spiders can range in size...

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2009-07-03 19:32:32

The Zebra spider (Salticus scenicus) is an ordinary household jumping spider. In the same vein as other jumping spiders, this spider does not build a web. Four pairs of large eyes allow the Zebra spider to quickly locate prey, pounce, and hunt. It has been noted and observed by humans that the Zebra spider is considered curious and cat-like while hunting. This spider seems to be aware of its audience and the spider responds to his audience by lifting his head and studying its observers....

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2009-07-03 19:06:41

The Redbacked Jumping spider (Phidippus johnsoni) is one of the largest and most common jumping spiders in the western parts of North America. It is not to be mistaken for the highly venomous and unrelated Redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti). The Redbacked Jumping spider may inflict a painful bite in self defense if threatened, although there are not any serious medical consequences. Adult Redbacked Jumping spiders are usually about 0.4 inches in length. Although the female has an...

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2009-07-03 17:34:58

The Canopy Jumping spider (Phidippus otiosus) is found in southeastern North America and is a species of the jumping spider which lives predominantly in trees. The body of the female canopy jumping spider can reach about 0.6 inches. It has iridescent fangs that range from purple to green in color. Under the bark of oak and pine trees females position their single egg sac. In South Carolina the females lay their egg sac from December to February, and in Florida they lay their egg sac from...

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2009-07-01 10:32:52

The Daring Jumping spider (Phidippus audax), also commonly know as the bold jumping spider, is a common jumping spider residing primarily in North America. Audax stems from Latin and means daring or audacious. The average size adult Daring Jumping spider ranges anywhere from 0.5 to 0.7 inches long. These spiders are usually black with a spotted and striped pattern on their legs and abdomen. These spots are typically orange-tinted on the young, turning to white as they mature. The...

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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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