Jumping spiders contain over 5,000 species making Salticidae the largest of the spider families. They are widely distributed over the planet and can even be found up mount Everest. The jumping spiders are aptly named as they can spring more than 50 times their own body length to land on unsuspecting prey. They hunt actively rather than catching prey in a web and they have excellent vision, with four big eyes in front and four smaller eyes on the top of their head.
Scientific name: Salticidae
The Jumping spiders can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Amazon Rainforest, Arctic, Asia, Australia, Europe, Himalayas, Indian subcontinent, Madagascar, Mediterranean, North America, Russia, South America, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
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The jumping spider family (Salticidae) contains more than 500 described genera and about 5,000 described species, making it the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species. Jumping spiders have some of the best vision among invertebrates and use it in courtship, hunting, and navigation. Though they normally move quietly and fairly slowly, most species are capable of very agile jumps, notably when hunting, but sometimes in response to sudden threats. Both their book lungs and the tracheal system are well-developed, and they use both systems (bimodal breathing). Jumping spiders are generally recognized by their eye pattern. All jumping spiders have four pairs of eyes with one pair being their particularly large anterior median eyes.
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