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Jumping spider (Trite parvula) House hopper

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Arachnida
Family:      Salticidae
Subfamily:  Euophryinae
Genus:      Trite
Species: T.parvula
Synonym: Euophrys parvula
Binomial name: Trite parvula
Common name: House hopper

Trite parvula (Euophrys parvula) was is a small, relatively common NZ jumping spider found in the North Island and as fr south as Christchurch.  Jumping spiders have the keenest eyesight of all spiders, with eyes that are capable of forming images. This excellent eyesight is important as jumping spiders actively hunt their prey during daylight. As their name suggests, jumping spiders are capable of leaping large distances when they pounce on their prey.

A Trite parvula can jump 5cm onto a fly. The photo below shows a spider with a house fly that it has jumped on and is injecting a paralising poison.   Note the silk saftey line that is attached to its silk spinnerets.


Diagram below is of the visual fields of a jumping spider as viewed from above. The function of the small posterior medial eyes (PME) is not known.