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Pictures: Arizona's amazing jumping spiders!
11 March 2013
Last updated at 15:57
Check out these amazing pictures of spiders photographed in Arizona in America.
Check out these photos from photographer Thomas Shahan. These super close-ups are of a possible new species of Habronattus jumping spider.
Along with scientists from the University of California in America, he headed to the state of Arizona to look for these spiders and investigate the way they communicate and behave.
Thomas says: “These spiders are quite difficult to spot - as they are often mottled with brownish tan and black markings, and are often hanging out in sandy to rocky areas, making them nearly invisible.”
Looking at the Arizona valley where the pictures were taken, you can understand why they're hard to spot!
One of the scientists working on the project, Damian Elias, said: 'It's a beautiful spider and ‘new’ to us… further work will determine if it's an undocumented hybrid or a new species'.
Photographer Thomas wants people to share in his love of these spiders. He said: “They're colourful, ornate, beautiful little animals that many people can find attractive."