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Wide jawed Viciria jumping spider
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Published: November 11, 2014
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Here's a closer look at its amazing chelicerae.... Taken at night in Singapore.

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The hunting behaviour of the Salticidae is confusingly varied compared to that of most spiders in other families.[21] Salticids hunt diurnally as a rule, which is consistent with their highly developed visual system. When it detects potential prey, a jumping spider typically begins orienting itself by swivelling its cephalothorax to bring the anterior median eyes to bear. It then moves its abdomen into line with its cephalothorax. After that, it might spend some time inspecting the object of its attention and determining whether a camouflaged or doubtful item of prey is promising, before it starts to stalk slowly forward. When close enough, the spider pauses to attach a dragline, then springs onto the prey.

There are, though, many variations on the theme and many surprising aspects. For one thing, salticids do not necessarily follow a straight path in approaching prey. They may follow a circuitous course, sometimes even a course that takes the hunter through regions from which the prey is not visible. Such complex adaptive behaviour is hard to reconcile with an organism that has such a tiny brain, but some jumping spiders, in particular some species of Portia, can negotiate long detours from one bush down to the ground, then up the stem of another bush to capture a prey item on a particular leaf. Such behaviour still is the subject of research.[21]

Some salticid species are continually on the move, stopping periodically to look around for prey, which they then stalk immediately. Others spend more time scanning their surroundings from one position, actively stalking any prey they detect. Members of the genus Phaeacius take that strategy to extremes; they sit on a tree trunk, facing downwards and rarely do any stalking, but simply lunge down on any prey items that pass close before them.[21]
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Nyanbonecrush's avatar
Nyanbonecrush|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The long jaw, jumper! One of my favorite breeds!
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Rei-gaia|Hobbyist General Artist
more cutenesss!8}
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umomait's avatar
That focus is amazing
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Exakelis|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, this is so cute!! Those eyes are hypnotizing <3
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Mr--Jack|Professional
Wow, so fantastic :D
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Woodswallow|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those jaws are amazing!! Perfect picture, great job!
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Moonbow69|Student Artist
Beautiful. Disgusting but beautiful.
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0MistSiamese0|Hobbyist General Artist
What I was about to say
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Tink29|Professional General Artist
Wonderful eyebrows ! :)
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bearfighter|Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful creature!
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Agree. I am fascinated that so many people are freaked out by spiders, then again I am creeped out by centipede/millipedes.
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bearfighter|Student Traditional Artist
I am the same! Spiders are interesting and cute creatures, while centipedes, caterpillars and (even worse) worms and larvae freak me out.

Bees and ants are also wonderful.
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The better to eat you with, my dear!
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Wonderful shot!
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