Jumping Spiders
Genus Opisthoncus
Small Garden Jumping Spider
Two-spotted Jumping Spider
Garden Jumping Spider
Biting Jumping Spider
Long-jawed Jumping Spider
Colourful Biting Jumper 
Genus Sandalodes
Double-brush Jumper 
Ludicra Jumping Spider
Flat-white Jumping Spider
Flat-brown Jumping Spider 
Invisible Jumping Spider
Golden Tail Jumper 
Small Brown Jumpers
Salticid Ant Eater
Three-lines Jumper 
Brown Jumper
Black Jumper
Well-dressed Jumper
Other Groups
Small Striped Jumping Spider 
Cytaea Jumping Spider
Aussie Bronze Jumper
Unknown Jumpers


Aussie Bronze Jumper - Helpis minitabunda


This page contains pictures and information about Aussie Bronze Jumping Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Male protecting his nest with a female inside.
For this species of jumping spider, the males are larger than the females. This is quite an exceptional case in the world of spider which usually males are smaller. This species the male will protect the nest while the female inside the nest. When we took the above photo, we expected the jumping spider will ran away or at least hided behind the leaf, but this male stand right in front of the camera.
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Male, body length 10mm                                       Female, body length 8mm                                    Young female


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This is another species of Jumping Spider, with slender body light brown in colour. In the above first picture, one leg of the spider is missing.
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As all other jumping spiders, this jumping spider hunts by jumping on small insects. They need very good eyesight to do this. Notice its very large front pair of eyes.  
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Photos were taken on March 2009 on Mt Coot-tha. 


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This Jumping Spider was found on Wattle leaves a few times.
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This jumping spider has the slender brown body. There are white rings on the front pair of its legs.
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Their Retreat

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This spider build retreat on a curved single green leaf. This species the male will protect the nest while the female inside the nest. 

1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p105.
2. Spiders - genus Helpis - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2007.  
3. Jumping spider - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007.
4. Helpis minitabunda Inquisitive Jumping Spider - by Robert Whyte, Save Our Waterways Now.
5. Salticidae Jumping Spiders - Spiders of Australia, Ed Nieuwenhuys, 2009. 
6. Helpis minitabunda (L. Koch, 1880) - Salticidae Diagnostic Drawings Library, by Jerzy Proszynski 1997.
7. Spiders of Australia: An Introduction to Their Classification, Biology & Distribution - Hawkeswood T, Pensoft Pub, 2003, p76.

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