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Ludicra Jumping Spider - Sandalodes superbus

FAMILY SALTICIDAE

This page contains pictures and information about Ludicra Jumping Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. In some reference, this spider is known as Bavia ludicra.

Body length 12mm
 
This is a large jumping spider. We sometimes found them hunting on leaves and stems of young Eucalyptus tree.
 
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The spider is brown in colour, with thorax and all legs in dark brown, dark brown pattern on abdomen. The males of this species look quite different. We did not find any male yet.
 
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Above picture was taken in Karawatha Forest during early winter. 
 
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This jumping spider build retreat and eggs sac on single green leave. 
 
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This spider hunt on leaves as well as tree trunks.
 
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Reference:
1. Bavia ludicra (Keyserling, 1882) - Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library, by Jerzy Proszynski, 1999.
2. Sandalodes superbus (Karsch, 1878) -  - Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library, by Jerzy Proszynski, 2000.
3. Sandalodes superbus (Karsch, 1878) - Australian Biological Resources Study.
4. Salticidae (Arachnida : Araneae) of the Oriental, Australian and Pacific regions, XIII: the genus Sandalodes Keyserling - Marek Zabka, Invertebrate Taxonomy, 2000, 14, 695704. 
5. Australian spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p30 

 

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Last updated: December 10, 2008.