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Salticid portrait

I found this very small (2-3mm) black jumping spider (family: Salticidae) among African Daisies and followed it around the dense foliage for a few minutes. Eventually he stopped and turned to look at me, posing like this for only 2 shots at 1:1 magnification. This one had the best focus and I cropped it to my taste.

 

We can see that this spider is a male, from the swollen bulbs on the end of his palps, that look like boxing gloves (see note). According to Wikipedia, "A male spider bears enlarged ends of his pedipalps, the terminal segments of which are elaborated into organs for the transfer of sperm to the sperm receptacles of the female. A microscopic analysis of the pedipalps is often the only way to exactly determine the species of a male spider."

 

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Taken on March 18, 2007