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The zebra back spider (Salticus scenicus) is a common jumping spider of the Northern Hemisphere. Like other jumping spiders it does not build a web. It uses its  Kingdom‎: ‎Animalia. The spider species Salticus scenicus, commonly known as Zebra Jumper, belongs to the genus Salticus, in the family Salticidae. Salticus scenicus spiders have. Geographic Range. Zebra spiders have a Holarctic distribution. They are native to Europe, where they are found throughout the continent, but are also found.


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Status Common in southern Britain but becoming scarce in Scotland. Text based on Harvey, P.

Diet[ edit ] Zebra spiders tend to hunt smaller spiders and salticus scenicus insects. They have been observed feeding on mosquitos that are almost twice their length.

They have also been observed taking on prey items up to 3 times the length of the spider, such as some of the smaller salticus scenicus of moth. If you slowly wave a finger at a zebra spider it is likely to turn so that it has a good view. If successful, he transfers his sperm to the female's reproductive organ the epigyne 3.


The Zebra spider Rod speed decreases gradually towards its stationary prey. They ignore insects such as ants unappetizing.

There is not "hinges" spider leg extensor muscles, instead of extension of joints is due to the haemocoelic the blood pressure in the leg.

The the most significant evidence that this extension is due to hydraulic forces is that the spines salticus scenicus the legs in erection during the jump, as a result of salticus scenicus pressure of the body increases, which can be demonstrated on many spiders.

The Zebra spider jump is almost entirely due to the sharp recovery of the fourth pair of legs.