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Wattle Jumping Spider - Sandalodes scopifer 

(former S. albobarbatus)

FAMILY SALTICIDAE

This page contains pictures and information about Wattle Jumping Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Male, body length 8mm
 
We found this Jumping Spider on wattle leaf and stem a few times. It has the very long and strong front legs. Its front pair eyes are large and with eyebrow. 
 
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The male's abdomen has two pairs of white spots on the sides. The white markings on this spider are distinctive. The patterns are variable in different individuals. The females of this species are a little bit different. We did not find one yet.
 
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This spider is common in eucalypt forests in Brisbane. 
 
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This spider likes to hide on thin stem waiting for preys. 
 
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Captured a moth, a Yellow Spot Epicoma Moth Epicoma protrahens. 
 

Reference:
1. Jumping spider Sandalodes scopifer - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007.
2. Sandalodes scopifer (Karsch, 1878) - Australian Biological Resources Study.
3. Salticidae (Arachnida : Araneae) of the Oriental, Australian and Pacific regions, XIII: the genus Sandalodes Keyserling - Marek Zabka, Invertebrate Taxonomy, 2000, 14, 695704.
4. Spiders - genus Sandalodes - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2007.
5. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p26  

 

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Last updated: December 10, 2007.