SALTICIDAE Jumping spiders

Having two hugely enlarged eyes with telephoto lenses capable of zooming four times life size has been perhaps the most successful development of any spider family, for jumping spiders have become the most diverse and abundant spider family in the world, with over 500 genera and over 5000 species, over 13 per cent of all spider species. From tiny cryptic species in the western deserts to colourful show-offs in the tropics, all jumping spiders are instantly recognisable. No other spider family has these two huge eyes in the middle of the front eye row. Jumping spiders are also easily the most popular spiders in the world, with mainstream media breakthroughs, Youtube hits, front page stories, TV shows and of course millions of amazing macro photographs. For the photographer they are a dream spider family, easy to find, posing for the camera, often brilliantly-coloured, inquisitive and cheeky, with those huge eyes following every move of the camera. As well as two enormous eyes, they have enlarged eyes arranged all around their heads. Only two of their eight eyes are normal size. For an animal with a small brain, their ability to track and ambush prey is amazing. They calculate distance while watching their prey, then move to a vantage point with no direct line of sight and with a prodigious leap, fly through the air to grab their victim and immobilise it with a bite. How do they do it? It doesn't end with colour and movement. These spiders also have bizarre sex. Their courtship displays feature a complicated ritual of leg waving, toe-tapping, abdomen twerking, and perhaps most bizarre and beautiful of all, wing flapping. Yes, some have brilliantly-coloured side flaps they can extend like wings to mesmerize their mates. Australia is a hot spot for jumping spiders. Here, they are particularly abundant and diverse, occupying every ecological niche and coming in an enormous range of colours, shapes and sizes.

Abracadabrella elegans

Abracadabrella elegans (L. Koch, 1879) Elegant Fly Mimic
A small to medium, flattish jumping spider with large, bulging, black-shiny 'eyes' on the rear of the abdomen, found mostly in Queensland, especially... 

Salticidae undescribed genus sister group of Neon

Adoxotoma sp. Brown Mountain-rainforest Jumping Spider
Recognised informally from the photo by Wayne Maddison as an Astioid similar to specimens he found in Papua New Guinea. It is a unident, with a... 

Afraflacilla stridulator

Afraflacilla stridulator Żabka, 1993 Chirping Afraflacilla
The female of this species is rather flattened with an attractive pattern of black blobs around the upper surface of the abdomen at the rear. It was... 

Arasia mollicoma

Arasia mollicoma (L. Koch, 1880) Flat-white Jumping Spider
A small to medium-sized bark dweller in dry eucalypt country. Females around 5-6mm. One of the many Astiae spiders in a group that live on and under... 

Astia hariola

Astia hariola Koch 1879 Gypsy Jumper
A common, mostly black, slender jumper recognised by yellow bands across the rear of the abdomen, found in Queensland and NSW, often under loose bark, especially in eucalypt forests. Females build a flattish, shallow, oval silken retreat. Golden and yellow markings on the upper surface near the spinnerets are brighter on the male than on the female. The male palp has a distinctively curved... 

Astilodes

Astilodes mariae Zabka, 2009
A new genus from Queensland recently described by Dr Marek Zabka. This specimen about 10mm long with a very skinny abdomen and long front legs. This... 

Bavia sp

Bavia aericeps Simon, 1877 Giant Tropical Bavia
Bavia aericeps is the type species for Bavia. In its distribution range, from Malaysia to Australia and on several Pacific Islands, it is the most... 

Unidentified Salticid Jumping Spider

Canama Kochi (Thorell, 1881) White-striped Canama
Canama kochi (currently misplaced in Bathippus is medium-sized to large, very athletic, with very large forward-pointing jaws, found... 

Opisthoncus Grey Striped Bark Jumper

Clynotis severa? Grey Striped Bark Jumper
A medium-sized jumper, body length around 8mm, found on grey bark in coastal areas in Queensland, particularly on Casuarinas. It has two dark stripes... 

Coccorchestes ferreus

Coccorchestes ferreus Griswold, 1984 Beetle Mimicking Salticid
This jumping spider is one of the most unusual of the jumping spiders found in Australia, having over time successfully adapted by mimicking a... 

Copocrossa

Copocrossa sp
Photographed by Brodie Foster on the Sunshine Coast hinterland this is possibly a new species of Copocrossa so far only recorded for NQ.  

Cosmophasis baehrae Male palp, Lutwych March 2010 specimen th[

Cosmophasis baehrae Zabka & Waldock, 2012 Baehr's Jumping Sppider
Found in medium to densely vegetated environments, possibly gardens. There is some iridescence, distinct white markings on the face and abdomen, and... 

Cosmophasis bitaeniata

Cosmophasis bitaeniata (Keyserling, 1882) Green Tree Ant Cosmophasis
A jumping spider found in New Guinea, Australia and Micronesia. Cosmophasis bitaeniata is a myrmecophilic associate of the green tree ant,... 

Cosmophasis lami Berry, Beatty & Prˇszyński, 1997 Lami Beach Cosmophasis

Cosmophasis lami Berry, Beatty & Prˇszyński, 1997 Lami Beach Cosmophasis
A small, golden, slender jumping spider found along waterways and in rainforest in Fiji, the Cocos Islands, and now Townsville. This is a unident... 

Cosmophasis micarioides

Cosmophasis micarioides (L. Koch, 1880) Grainy Cosmophasis
A common, abundant and extremely variable species across northern Australia in well-vegetated areas, whose range seems to be extending southward. 

Cosmophasis micans

Cosmophasis thalassina (L. Koch 1880) Sea-green Jumping Spider
Cosmophasis micans, the name often associated with this species, does not exist in Australia, it was a mistidentification in Koch & Keyserling... 

Cytaea xanthopus

Cytaea plumbeiventris (Keyserling, 1881) Slate-bellied Cytaea
A common jumping spider in coastal Queensland from Brisbane north, especially in warmer areas from the Sunshiine Coast to north Queensland. 

Cytaea severa

Cytaea severa (Thorell 1881) Wandering Jumping Spider
A small to medium-sized jumping spider, females to 7mm, males darker and smaller, to 6mm. Usually found wandering on foliage where they are well... 

Damoetas nitidus

Damoetas nitidus (L. Koch, 1880) Shining Damoetas
Damoetas is one of the more obscure genera of spiders in the ant mimicking containing also Ligonipes, Rhombonotus, and Myrmarachne. Damoetas nitidus is a small spider, the body length of female about 3mm, rarely 4mm, the male 2.5-3mm. This spider has an abdomen... 

Damoetas

Damoetas sp. Ku-rin-gai Ant Mimic
Several apparently widespread Damoetas spp are rather hard to tell apart from other small ant mimics like Ligonipes and Rhombonotus, except for the lack of fringing on the front legs. Ligonipes and Rhombonotus have prominent thick black clumping fringes of hairs... 

Damoetas sp.

Damoetas sp. Shaggy Damoetas
This jumper resembles Damoetas nitidus in many respects, having posterior median eyes closer to the anterior eyes than the posterior lateral... 

Euryattus bleekeri

Euryattus bleekeri (Doleschall, 1859) Bleeker's Jumping Spider
A common jumping spider, variable in size, colour and pattern, with a range from Northern NSW to Sri Lanka, probably also elsewhere in eastern Australia. Females can be up to 10mm in body length, the males smaller, up to about 6mm. They are abdundant on shrubs in coastal areas, especially near the sea, in thick scrub behind dunes. They prefer relatively thick but dry foliage, such as dense shrubs... 

Pellenes?

Euryattus sp. Northern Jumping Spider
A large, robust jumping spider common around Cairns, North Queensland. The spider is fissident meaning it has a large double pointed tooth on the... 

Evarcha

Evarcha infrastriata (Keyserling, 1881) Striped Evarcha
First described as Hasarius infrastriata in 1881, this small spider is widespread in coastal and hinterland eastern Australia, on grasses and... 

Hasarius adansoni (Audouin, 1826) Adanson's House Jumping Spider

Hasarius adansoni (Audouin, 1826) Adanson's House Jumping Spider
A lively, inquisitive and audacious cosmopolitan species found in most of Australia except very cold places and deserts. It is mostly found in or around buildings. It is naturally distributed in... 

Helpis sp

Helpis minitabunda (L. Koch 1880) Threatening Jumping Spider
Helpis minitabunda is found on foliage in most habitats in Eastern Australia, also in New Guinea and New Zealand, often abundant in gardens. Like most jumping spiders it is very agile and fast. It seems confident in its ability to jump to safety, allowing quite close approaches. When... 

Arasia sp.

Helpis? A Bark-dwelling Jumping Spider
This medium sized jumper makes a shallow whitish retreat about 25cmm for her eggs under the bark of grey gums and other similar eucalypts. She occupies this nest with her eggs. ♀ 9mm ♂ 7mm  

Holoplatys ultraflat

Holoplatys lhotskyi Zabka, 1991 Queensland Ultraflat
A small, extremely flat spider usually on or under bark. Males and females both variable in size, to about 6mm body length. The holotype (described specimen) was collected by Val Davies at her home in Fig Tree Pocket on 29 January 1973. It has been found in other areas of Brisbane, Queensland,... 

Holoplatys planissima

Holoplatys planissima (L. Koch, 1879) Grooved Jumping Spider
A medium-sized jumping spider usually on or under eucalypt bark in most parts of continental Australia from Western Australia to Queensland. Often... 

Holoplatys

Holoplatys sp Small Holopplatys
This small flat spider, a Holoplatys species, was collected at Freshwater National Park, the body length about 4mm.  

Hypoblemum parvalum

Hypoblemum albovittatum (Keyserling, 1882) sensu Zabka & Pollard, 2002 White-banded House Jumper
Common in Queensland, New South Wales and most of New Zealand south to Christchurch, often seen around built up areas on walls and fences during the warmer part of the day. Known as 'House Hopper' it is among the most obvious and encountered spiders on NZ's North Island. It is a very mobile spider... 

Hypoblemum albovittatum

Hypoblemum albovittatum (Keyserling, 1882) White-banded House Jumper
This species has a small male, 3.5 - 4mm body length, the female somewhat resembling Lycidas scutuatus often seen around built-up areas on walls and fences during the warmer part of the day. Very mobile, quick to jump. It does not have a high white garland around the head but has fluffy... 

Jotus auripes

Jotus sp. L. Koch, 1881 A Jotus sp.
An agile, small jumping spider found on the ground, on low foliage and in leaf litter in heavily to sparsely vegetated areas in coastal eastern... 

adult male Jotus, South Australia

Jotus sp. South Australia. Undescribed "Tony".
A jumping spider with green anterior median eyes, whose male has large, prominently fringed legs 1 and 2 and banded hairy pedipalps, found on low... 

Ligonipes

Judalana lutea Rix, 1999 Judy and Alan's Yellow Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider
This species, described by Michael Rix in 1999, is a small, slender ant-mimicking salticid in Southeast Queensland with a bright, yellow-orange abdomen, closely related to the other four genera of Australian plurident ant mimics: Ligonipes, Rhombonotus, Damoetas and Myrmarachne. It is found mainly on Acacia bushes and occasionally on eucalypts, where leaves have been... 

Ligonipes

Ligonipes lacertosus (Thorell, 1881) or Ligonipes semitectus (Simon, 1900)
An ant mimic with a golden section of the abdomen, apparently mimicking ants. Common in the hills around Brisbane, also found on the coast, and out to Carnarvon. Prefers dry eucalypt forest. Characteristics of this slender ant mimic with long spines on the tarsus include tufts of thick hairs on the... 

Rhombonotus gracilis

Ligonipes sp. 'white-brows' White-browed Ligonipes
This small ant-eating ant-mimic is mostly found in or near a rolled leaf retreat in lush habitats in South East Queensland, including gardens. Its range probably extends further. The female can grow to 4mm, the male to around 3.5mm. The front legs seem to mimic an ant's antennae. The body is dark... 

Lycidas chrysomelas

Lycidas chrysomelas (Simon, 1909) Maratus-like Lycidas
A small Lycidas closely related to Maratus and sharing with Maratus the multicoloured iridescent upper surface of the abdomen... 

Lycidas scutulata

Lycidas karschi Zabka 1987 Karsch's Lycidas
A medium sized jumping spider abundant on foliage and in leaf litter in dry rainforest, especially along creeks. Similar to Lycidas scutulatus... 

Spider

Lycidas scutulatus (L. Koch, 1881) Cross-ruled Lycidas
A common jumping spider on the bark of trees, leaves and other surfaces, body length of females to 7mm, males to about 5mm, found in Queensland and NSW and likely elsewhere across Australia in suburban parks and gardens, dry eucalypt scrub to rainforest. Usually abundant when found, mostly on low... 

Lycidas blue and gold striped

Lycidas sp. Striped-blue-and-gold Western Jumping Spider
A small species, distinct and recognizable, found in Western Australia on the Canning River East Branch, 30 km south of Armadale, in bushland... 

Maratus Bluey

Maratus "Bluey" Marlborough Queensland
A small Maratus even by Maratus standards, in sparse bush in the hinterland of the Central Queensland coast. The eyes reflect green while the silvery hairs on the head and abdomen reflect pale blue. ♀ ?mm ♂ 2.4mm  

Maraus amabilis

Maratus amabilis Karsch 1878 Lovable Peacock Spider
This colourful peacock spider, known only from the Sydney area, is the type species for the genus.  

Salticidae Maratus fimbriatus Fringed Peacock Spider

Maratus fimbriatus Otto & Hill 2016 Fringed Peacock Spider
Jurgen Otto found this species in 2014 while travelling in northern NSW. It is the only male peacock spider Jurgen has seen displaying to the female... 

Maratus harrisi

Maratus harrisi Otto and Hill, 2011 Harris's Peacock Spider
This spider is named after its discoverer, Stuart Harris, who found a single male at Boroomba Rocks (Namadgi National Park) south of Canberra,... 

Maratus linnaei

Maratus linnaei Waldock 2008
Julianne Waldock described the male and female of this species from specimens collected since 1995 at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve in Western... 

Maratus mungaich

Maratus mungaich Waldock 1995
This colourful spider with very large flaps is restricted to the extreme southwestern corner of Western Australia.  

Maratus pavonis

Maratus pavonis (Dunn 1947)
Dunn's Peacock Spider - pavo means peacock - is widely distributed across the southernmost parts of Australia, from Tasmania and Victoria in... 

Maratus cyanofemur

Maratus sp. Blue-thighed Peacock Spider
In some respects this spider, known informally as the Blue-thighed Peacock Spider resembles M. linnae, but is clearly another species. Its... 

Maratus stanleyi

Maratus sp. Stanley, north west Tasmania
This species from Stanley, north west Tasmania has dark lateral spots, a feature also seen in several other Maratus species and small dark... 

Maratus darlingtonii

Maratus sp. Stirling Ranges Darlington's Peacock Spider
This Martus sp. known informally by this temporary common name in honor of its discovery by the naturalist-explorer Dr. Philip Jackson Darlington Jr,... 

Maratus splendens

Maratus splendens (Rainbow 1896)
This close relative of the widely-distributed M. pavonis has only been found around Sydney. The bright red color on the upper surface of the... 

Maratus vespertilio

Maratus vespertilio (Simon 1901) Bat-like Maratus
This cryptic, little-known species has a wide distribution across southern Australia. It has a much less flamboyant colouration than its close... 

Maratus volans

Maratus volans (O. Pickard-Cambridge 1874) Flying Peacock Spider
The 'Flying Peacock Spider', like all other Maratus spp., does not fly. The 'wings' are for courtship display. This Maratus is... 

Holoplatys

Menemerus bivittatus (Dufour, 1831) Cosmopolitan Jumping Spider
Note: some Menemerus bracteatus also on this page. This is a cosmopolitan jumping spider associated with humans in the warmer parts of the world, found in houses and on walls in cities. In Australia it has been reported in coastal Queensland. Both the female and the male have white fringing... 

Mintonia sp. QLD

Mintonia sp. QLD (Davies & Zabka, 1989) Queensland Mintonia
This medium-sized jumper from north Queensland rainforest and rainforest edges resembles the more famous Portia fimbriata , with strange,... 

Spider

Mopsus mormon Karsch, 1878 Northern Green Jumping Spider
The genus Mopsus has only one spider - Mopsus mormon, previously Mopsus penicillatus. It is the largest Australian jumping spider, found throughout the warmer regions in the northern part of Australia down as far as Coffs Harbour. Green Jumping spiders are large, beautiful,... 

Salticidae Myrmarachne bicolor

Myrmarachne bicolor (L. Koch, 1879) Two-coloured Ant Mimic
A small, slender ant mimic, sometimes entirely dark brown to black, but mostly with a red or orange mid-section, imitating Opisthopsis... 

Myrmarachne luctuosa

Myrmarachne luctuosa (L. Koch, 1879) Mournful Ant Mimic
Widespread and common ant mimic in coastal and inland eastern Australia, including Tasmania, in several distinct forms. Most specimens have a gold... 

Myr

Myrmarachne luctuosa Polyrachis Ant Mimic
The golden-tailed ant mimics in Myrmarachne mimic various species of Polyrhachis ants, of which there are many in South East Queensland, including some not yet described (Burwell, pers. comm). These spiders are good specific mimics, usually associating with just one species of ant. They do not prey on the ants. The mimicry is used for protection, ants being not as much sought after... 

Myrmarachne

Myrmarachne macleyana Ant Mimic
This golden-tailed ant mimic appears to be mimicking Polyrhachis rufifemur, the Red-thighed Polyrhachis, common in South East Queensland. The mimicry is shown in the photo by Brodie Foster of a specimen from near Mooloolah of the spider (top) and the ant (below). This spider is widespread in Queensland. In Cairns it is associated with Polyrhachis foreli and P. cupreata

Myrmarachne smaragdina Ceccarelli, 2010

Myrmarachne smaragdina Ceccarelli, 2010
A small to medium-sized, slender spider in rainforest and open woodland in northern Australia. The female nearly perfectly mimics the green ant,... 

Myrmarachne cf simoni

Myrmarachne sp. Ant Mimic
This common Myrmarachne found in late October in many locations west of Brisbane does not have the greatly extended male chelicerae of many others in this genus. Its name will be revealed in a revision due to appear in 2015♀ 4mm ♂ 4mm  

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Myrmarachne sp. Gladstone
A rattle ant mimic observed in a Gladstone garden, possibly a widespread species, living near rattle ants, Polyrachis spp. Brian Seccombe... 

Neon australis Richardson, 2013

Neon australis Richardson, 2013 Australian Neon
A tiny spider, the male only 2.5mm total body length, common in leaf-litter from South Australia to South East Queensland, cryptically coloured... 

Neon sp.

Neon sp. A Jumping Spider
Spiders in the genus Neon have not, as of this writing, been recorded for Australia, with the possible exception of Barrow Island in Western... 

Trite longula

New genus longula (not official) currently 'Trite' longula (Thorell, 1881)
The genitals suggest a relationship with Evarcha (flavocincta group), pers. comm. Jerzy Prˇszyński, but not enough in our opinion to... 

Clynotis albobarbatus? Breda jovialis?

Ocrisiona jovialis (Koch L., 1879) Jovial Jumping Spider
A common and widespread jumping spider in most habitats along coastal eastern Australia including Tasmania. It is a flattish jumper with rather chubby front legs. The female has obvious white hairs on the pedipalps and a strong, yellow-banded pattern at the rear of the upper surface of the... 

Ocrisiona leucocomis

Ocrisiona leucocomis (L. Koch, 1879) White-striped Ocrisiona
This widespread Salticid is a bark-dweller with a flat body, mostly black with a thin longitudinal line on the carapace and diffuse white markings in... 

Dioleninae

Ohilimia scutellata (Kritscher, 1959) North Queensland Ohilimia
The North Queensland Ohilimia is a mostly black, attentuated ant-like spider with brilliant red front legs. The genus can be recognised by... 

Zenodorus durvillei

Omoedus durvillei (Walckenaer, 1837) d'Urville's Jumping Spider
A medium-sized ant-eating jumping spider known from New Guinea, its adjacent islands, and northern Australia, in rainforest and fringes. Both males... 

Zenodorus metallescens

Omoedus metallescens (Koch L., 1879) Cast-iron Zenodorus
A medium to large, powerful, robust, dark brown to black jumping spider with prominent white markings, found in north Queensland. The species name... 

Salticid

Omoedus orbiculatus (Keyserling, 1881) Round Ant Eater
A medium-sized jumping spider in coastal areas from southern NSW to Exmouth WA, probably in all Australian coastal areas including Tasmania. The body is brown to black, the female having a circular abdomen fringed with white, a white dot in the centre. Legs brownish to nearly black. Cephalothorax... 

Omoedus swiftorum

Omoedus swiftorum Zhang and Maddison, 2012 Swift's Omoedus
A medium-sized jumper named from specimens found in Papua New Guinea, where they were found on low bushes in an open disturbed area, also present in... 

Opisthoncus mordax

Opisthoncus grassator Keyserling, 1883 Wandering Vagabond
Attractive, large, and with an outgoing personality, the male is usually found hunting on shrubs in daylight. It has a white to cream patch on rear of the head and a white to cream stripe running lengthways along the abdomen. Very common. Perhaps the most commonly seen and photographed garden jumping spider. The name means highwayman or footpad, a type of brigand operating on foot, robbing... 

Opisthoncus polyphemus

Opisthoncus polyphemus (L. Koch, 1867) Cyclops Jumping Spider
A widespread and common medium-sized jumping spider, female body length 8-9 mm, the male 6-7 mm, in eucyalypt forest, heathland and woodland to dry rainforest in New Guinea, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. The body is pale yellow-orange with white markings except for very obvious... 

Salticidae Opisthoncus quadratarius?

Opisthoncus quadratarius (L. Koch, 1867)?
A large, robust and powerful jumping spider found in gardens, houses, along waterways and in woodland in South East Queensland. Its teeth and palp... 

Opisthoncus sp. North Queensland

Opisthoncus sp. Two spot big jaw northern
A distinctive, medium-sized, Opisthoncus in Far North Queensland The male has very large jaws with large curved teeth and long fangs. 

squint

Opisthoncus squint (New species)
Salticidae Opisthoncus 'squint' because of very small posterior lateral eyes, apparently covered with short cream and ginger hairs, smalll body... 

Cytaea severa

Paraphilaeus daemeli (Keyserling, 1883) Daemel's Trite
This widespread and common, well camouflaged Salticid is usually found wandering on foliage in dry eucalypt scrub to rainforest margins, even grasslands, throughout coastal Queensland and NSW, possibly elsewhere. Well camouflaged. The body is a cryptic pattern of buff-cream to brown with patches... 

Prostheclina pallida

Prostheclina bulburin or amplior Richardson & Zabka, 2007 South East Queensland Prostheclina
A delicate and attractively coloured jumping spider found in coastal Queensland on foliage in tropical and temperate rainforests or wet eucalypt forest, frequently on ferns. As of 2007 there are seven species, the one in South East Queensland generally being P. bulburin recognizable for the tufts of black hairs on the front legs, though ranges most likely overlap. P. pallida is found all up the south eastern Australian coast,... 

Saitis virgatus Otto & Hill, 2012 Striped Saitis

Saitis virgatus Otto & Hill, 2012 Striped Saitis
A small black and white striped jumper common in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, in Sydney's north on the Hawkesbury inlet at Cowan Creek, also... 

Sandalopes

Sandalodes bipenicillatus (Keyserling, 1882) Two-tufted Sandalodes
This attractive jumping spider is of medium size, female: 10 mm, male: 9 mm. Found on bark and green leaves. The male has two brushes of dark hairs that form forward-pointing horns on the sides of the spider's head, thus the species name. It was named in 1882 by Keyserling as Mopsus which it... 

Sandalodes scopifer

Sandalodes scopifer (Karsch, 1878) White-spotted Sandalodes
A rather large jumping spider, dark brown to black, throughout Australia and also known from New Guinea, often found on wattles and gums. Body... 

Sandalodes superbus

Sandalodes superbus (Karsch)
The largest and most robust species of Sandalodes. The male has cheliceral spurs (on the jaws) with distinctive protrusions and a fringe of... 

Servaea vestita

Servaea incana (L. Keyserling, 1878) Hoary Servaea
A medium-sized jumping spider in the eastern states of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, in most habitats. A photogenic species, quite content to sit in... 

Servaea villosa

Servaea villosa (Keyserling, 1881) Shaggy-velvet Servaea
A medium-sized jumping spider in coastal Queensland, probably elsewhere. Common in winter and spring in South East Queensland as mature breeding males and females. Very similar to Servaea incana except smaller, as much as half the size, with a great variety of patterns and colours, including... 

Simaetha sp NQ

Simaetha sp NQ Simaetha
A blocky looking jumping spider with relatively small posterior lateral eyes and tiny posterior median eyes.  

Simaetha thoracica

Simaetha species S. thoracica and S. tenuidens (Brown Jumpers)
These two species are common jumping spiders in suburban gardens and parks. S. thoracica probably the more common of the two, female body length about 6 mm, male about 5 mm. S. tenuidens may be a little larger and longer (about 7-8mm both males and females according to Hawkeswood) and have less... 

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Simaetha tenuidens (Keyserling, 1882) Brown Jumper
A species known in all coastal parts of eastern Queensland and likely to be recorded elsewhere in eastern Australia. This species is large and robust, common in most habitats along the coast, from brigalow scrub to rainforest. It is the bigger of the two common brown jumpers, lacking S. 

Simaetha tenuior

Simaetha tenuior (Keyserling, 1882) or a related species
A brown Simaetha with an attractive pattern on the abdomen.  

Simaetha thoracica Thorell 1881

Simaetha thoracica Thorell 1881
A blocky, robust jumper of medium size, female body length about 6 mm, male about 5 mm. They have golden scales, often rubbed off in larger... 

Simaethula

Simaethula sp
A Simaethine probably Simaethula because of its small size the eye region apparently covering more than half the carapace.  

Simaethula sp

Simaethula sp Elegant White-moustached Simaethula
Simaethula is a genus of small jumping spiders very closely related to Simaetha. They are smaller than Simaetha and do not have the banded rear of the abdomen. Females are generally 2-4mm and males 1-3mm. The upper surfaces of the cephalothorax and abdomen are covered with scales, usually golden, though they can appear differently coloured in differently coloured lights. The... 

Simaethula sp

Simaethula sp. Small Golden Simaethula
Simaethula is a genus closely related to Simaetha and endemic (only found in) Australia. It is smaller than Simaetha. These juveniles (about 1.5mm body length) were shaken out of a Lilly Pilly. There were several. They could be S. aurata (gilded golden) or S. auronitens (golen and polished,... 

Sondra nepenthicola

Sondra aurea (L. Koch, 1880) Golden Sondra
A male Sondra aurea identified by Marek Zabka while in Australia in August 2010. Cephalothorax generally brown, fovea area and median part of... 

Holoplatys sp?

Tara? cf anomala (Keyserling, 1882) Ergane? cf cognata L Koch, 1881 Scorpion Mimic
Body length males 3.2mm interesting for a number of features: small size, habitus and behaviour very scorpion like, extreme flatness, bulging femurs leg I, extremely strong-looking "crone-finger" fangs, with bumps and scoops, rather like Ergane cognata, or Tara anomala two slender... 

Arasia sp?

Tauala sp cf alveolatus Wanless, 1988
A beautiful North Queensland spider with a highly arched cephalothorax and huge eyes. The abdomen is slender and the legs partly transparent. Thanks... 

Urogelides daviesae

Urogelides daviesae Zabka 2009 Long-tailed Jumping Spider
An unusual spider in open sclerophyll forests dwelling in leaf litter, on vegetation and on Allocasuarina trees. The anal tubercle and posterior spinnerets are exceptionally long and make a kind of movable "tail" as in Uroballus. Unlike Uroballus this spider is unidentate and does not... 

 
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