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


Garden Jumping Spider - Opisthoncus parcedentatus


This page contains pictures and information about Garden Jumping Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 8mm
This jumping spider is common in Brisbane gardens and backyards. They are usually found hunting on board green leaves during the days.
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The Garden Jumping Spider is medium size, brown to orange-brown in colours with white patterns through out the whole body. The larger spiders usually darker in colour. Patterns may be vary between individuals. 
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Garden Jumping Spiders do not too concern if we watch them very closely. Usually they will raise their head and look back to us with their large eyes. 
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Male ?
The spider in the above two photo could be a male. The rest in this page most likely are female. Males have slender abdomen and larger pedipalp. As most other spiders, females are more commonly seen than males.   
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Jumping Spider hunts by jumping onto its prey, usually from a higher leaf to a lower leaf. The spider can even capture a flying target. The above pictures show the Jumping Spiders captured a small fly and a Flower Spider.
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Jumping Spider can easily walk on the bottom side of a waxy leaf without any problem. 
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Garden Jumping Spiders build retreat between leaves or by partly rolling a leaf with silk. Their retreats usually have opening at both ends. They hide in their retreats at night and during winter.  
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Jumping Spiders hunt by their vision during the day time. This Jumping Spider just captured a mosquito
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The Garden Jumping Spiders body colour vary from orange-yellow to brown. The smaller size spiders are paler in colour. It seems that the spiders become darker and darker when growing up.  

1. Jumping spider Opisthoncus sp. - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007.
2. Jumping spider Opisthoncus parcedentatus - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2008. 
3. Salticidae Jumping Spiders - Spiders of Australia, Ed Nieuwenhuys, 2009. 
4. Genus Opisthoncus Koch L., 1880 - Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library, by Jerzy Proszynski 1997.  
5. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p97.
6. Opisthoncus sp parcedentatus? (Garden Jumping Spider) - by Robert Whyte, Save Our Waterways Now.
7. Species Opisthoncus parcedentatus L. Koch, 1880 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 


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