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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Spiny-Legged Jumper
Spartaeus spinimanus (Thorell) 1878
close-up of black male
Like other Spartaeus spiders, the legs are unusually long and slender, and bear numerous spines. Classification: Family Salticidae, Jumping Spiders
Habitat: Tree trunks; walls of man-made structures.
Female: 5-6 mm.
Male: 4-6 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka.
These unusual Jumping Spiders of the sub-family Spartaeinae have a different eye arrangement compared to other Jumping Spiders.
Whereas the posterior median eyes (i.e., the eyes in the second row) of most Jumping Spiders are tiny, there is a category of Jumping Spiders whose posterior median eyes are fairly big. These include spiders in the genera Cocalus, Phaeacius, Portia and Spartaeus.
close-up of face
Face of Phaeacius
  From "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by British Petroleum
© 2000 Joseph K H Koh