The Colorful Jumping Spiders

A short description of some colorful jumping spider.

Salticidae: The Jumping Spiders

The jumping spiders include over 500 known genera and more than 5,000 species. Their sizes vary from  3-15mm (1/8-5/8″) long. In fact, jumping spiders are lovely, with short legs and hairy bodies. They have eyes that are arranged in 3 rows; a large pair makes the first row that focus forward and a second, smaller pair outboard of those, also facing forward and slightly upward. Jumping spiders do not use their webs to catch its meal but only for protecting eggs and at times an aid while moving about. Gifted with an excellent eyesight, jumping spiders are excellent hunters.

The most common genus of jumping spiders is Phidippus. A large, hairy and colorful species that can grow to an average of 10 mm. long though some species reach up to  15 mm in length. A common species in this genus is the Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax) a large black spider with white marking that are usually seen in gardens and around flowers.

Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax)

Phidippus mystaceus

This jumping spider species are mostly found in North America. A distinguishable feature of Phidippus mystaceus is that females who can reach a body length of about one centimeters have ‘moustache’.

Peppered Jumper (Pelegrina galathea)

This small spider about 4 mm. in body length are often found on flowers. The males can be identified by the black and white complex pattern running in their bodies while females are gray in color and bear complicated markings.

Habronattus coecatus

This very common jumping spider species are best identified by its stocky body and a longer third pair of legs  that are often held close to the body. They can reach 4 mm. in length. Males sport a brighter color with clear black and white markings while females rears have three light colored marks and some blackish bands.

Phidippus putnami

This species is found mostly in North America.

Evarcha albaria

This species of jumping spiders who look muscular mostly comes in brownish colors. They are mostly found in Asia, Africa and in some European countries. There are two species namely: E. amabilis and E. hoyi that are only natives in the U.S.A.

Phidippus otiosus

This species also called Canopy Jumping Spider is found mostly in Maryland, Tennessee, Texas and in Florida. They are tree-living jumping spiders that has brownish carapace with white hairs along the side. It can grow up to 18 mm. in length.

Salticus scenicus

These tiny jumping spiders are usually found in human settlements living in walls, window sills, plants and even in fences. They can grow up to 7 mm. in length and their best identifiable mark are its two large front eyes and its blackish hairs that form stripes. Found mostly in Britain and in some parts of Europe, Zebra jumping spiders like to feed on mosquitoes and other smaller spiders.

Myrmarachne plataleoides

This jumping spider species that are found in China, Sri Lanka, India and in other Southeast Asian countries do mimic the weaver ant. They usually grow up to 12 mm. and primarily live in trees alongside weaver ants colonies.

Lyssomanes viridis

The Magnolia Green Jumper, as commonly called, is a cute spider usually sporting big forward-looking eyes and an animated green coloring with orange cap. With long legs, this jumping spider is an excellent hunter and can grow up to 8 mm. in length. Found in Florida, North Carolina and part of Texas, Magnolia Green Jumper inhibit in woodlands and bushes.

Phidippus regius

This species is commonly called the Regal Jumping spider, is the biggest North American jumping spider. Found in Florida and southeastern United States, males can grow up to 18 mm. while females can reach 12 mm. in length. It dwells in open spaces that include: woodlands, fields and trees.

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48 Responses to “The Colorful Jumping Spiders”
  1. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Another brilliant article, papaleng. I never realised there were so many species of jumping spiders. I love the pictures too.


  2. Eunice Tan Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 4:31 am

    I’m surprised seeing the spiders’ faces. Amazing creature. And good writing.

  3. OhSugar Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Beautiful presentation. The spiders have beautiful colors, but I am afraid of them.

  4. Betty Carew Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Excellent article Pap and the pitures are awesome

  5. rockjuneDrock Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 6:09 am

    you’re very resourceful papaleng! keep up the good work. God bless

  6. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Great work! Nicely done and well presentation. Thanx for sharing this great stuff.nice pics too.

  7. NA Staffieri Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Ah! Spiders!

  8. macon Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 6:56 am

    i must say, you really write brilliant articles. but then, why not cockroaches instead of spiders.. hehe, i really am afraid of spiders!

  9. OhSugar Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Spiders are beautiful and these are no exception. However, I try to stay as far away from them as I possible can. I really don’t like them. Great presentation.

  10. Glynis Smy Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Good article, good pictures, interesting thanks.

  11. rutherfranc Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 8:54 am

    awesome article and awesome pictures! great share paps!

  12. The Quail Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Another brilliant article, papaleng. Keep them coming.

  13. Denise Kawaii Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

    The pictures are great… but they are so good that they gave me creepy shivers!

    Great work here!

  14. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Fantastic! That was great.! well-written and nicely done. Great pics too. always. i really enjoyed reading your works. Well done and Thanks for sharing

  15. Ramalingam Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Quite interesting article coupled with beautiful pictures.Thank you

  16. jo oliver Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    my skin is still crawling. Great pics and interesting facts.

  17. S A JOHNSON Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm


  18. Jeffrey B. Merrow Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    once again my friend you shine the article is full of information and the pictures are excellent the whole style you have is remarlkable god has blessed you with a real talent

  19. PR Mace Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Escellent article with some scary spider faces. Well written. Your writing is getting better and better, my friend.

  20. kate smedley Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Amazing article, if creepy …! Great photos too.

  21. Joe Dorish Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    We wouldn’t to run into these guys! Great photos.

  22. Lost in Arizona Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I like spiders, as I believe they keep the pest population down. I used to have a tarantula as a pet, which is much bigger than these guys. Amazing photos.

  23. Juancav Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Spiders,are faxcinating,good job.

  24. Kim Buck Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Spiders are no friends of mine…photos are outstanding.

  25. Mystical Whitewolf Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Spiders love to bite me……….so I try to stay far away from them lol Great article.

  26. Likha Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Many people just dread spiders. I wonder why I don’t. Thanks for coming up with beautiful photos of such terrifying creatures.

  27. Poetic Enigma Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Great article, and info…
    Even though I hate spiders with a passion
    and the pictures made me cringe…
    This is still a great write!

  28. nutuba Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Excellent article and photos. I’ve always been so glad that spiders aren’t all THAT big. Nicely done.

  29. valli Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Fantastic article.

  30. Anne McNew Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    that’s great. interesting to read.

  31. monica55 Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Another well researched, great piece. Keep up the good work.

  32. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Nice, interesting, unique and well done piece. Thanks, my friend.

  33. Loreta Dorington Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    A great tribute to one of the four wisest creatures here on earth (Proverbs 30: 24-28). Thanks for sharing, my friend.

  34. CutestPrincess Says...

    On March 24, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Interesting. Some of these I haven’t even heard of. =)

  35. Unofre Pili Says...

    On March 24, 2009 at 5:58 am

    A fine article. I love spider fighting as a young brat in the country.

  36. Kimberly Moore Says...

    On March 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Great article! I’m not a major fan of them, but they are fascinating!!

  37. Sakuragi Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Gives me goosebumps!

  38. khassandra Says...

    On April 2, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Very informative. Well-researched article.

  39. eddiego65 Says...

    On March 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Beautiful but creepy creatures. Great work.

  40. Likha Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Iisa ang striking sa kanila.. ang kanilang mga bilog na matang itim. I’ve only seen 2 kinds of spiders, one small and one big but both black in color. I’d like to see these colorful spiders live. Great one.

  41. Phill Senters Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Great article Papaleng..Awesome photos too. :)

  42. Phoenix Montoya Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Kagagandang mga gagamba :)

  43. Melody SJAL Says...

    On August 6, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    awesome spiders.

  44. AJ Garcia Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Interesting spiders. Splendid images.

  45. Chris Holleman Says...

    On February 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Phidippus Mystaceus and Phidippus Putnami are mixed up in the photos you used for this. The one you have listed as Mystaceus is the Putnami, and the one listed as Putnami is a male Mystaceus. Lyssomanes Viridis is also in Oklahoma, I happened to find it a few weeks ago when I found and old cloth that was loaded with 7 Phidippus Audax jumping spiders. I’m glad you post that picture of the Lyssomanes Viridis in this, because I have been looking for the name of this particular species of jumping spider.

  46. Chris holleman Says...

    On February 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    My bad on the comment yesterday, the info I saw from another site was wrong on labeling their spiders, you have the phidippus mystaceus and the phidippus putnami right.

  47. bobie Says...

    On March 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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  48. ubothbajawa Says...

    On March 8, 2011 at 12:57 am

    wouw, good spider,,,
    good post..

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