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The jumping-spiders (Salticidae)are a family of spiders with exceptional eye-sight. This is indicated by the large median eyes on the edge of the carapace. As active hunters, this family does not use webs to snare prey. This is in part why they have the such small opithosomas (abdomens, or the body-part at the back). Selection pressure has led to the evolution of strong front legs, often with auxiliary spines to grip their prey in a tight grip.

No Salticids however, are known to be dangerous to people. This shot is of our native Trite planiceps, and the spider is a male.


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