seen? This furry white spider is sometimes seen among mangrove
vegetation. It is rather large for jumping spider and is quite active
Features: Body to about 1cm long.
Body furry white with dark markings. Like other jumping spiders (Family
Salticidae) it has huge eyes. On the 'face' is a pair of enormous
eyes with smaller eyes around the head. These are not compound eyes
like that of insects. Nevertheless, these eyes allow the spider to
judge distance accurately.
What does it eat?
Like other jumping spiders, it does not build a web. Instead,
it hunts on the move, attaching a silken line to a support before
'bungee jumping' onto suitable prey.
Jumping babies: Male jumping spiders
perform amusing rituals to entice a female to mate with them.
jumping spiders on Singapore shores
Pulau Semakau, Aug 11
shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.
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