Sunday, 30 September 2018

Cosmophosis


Sitting at the beach after breakfast today a small jumping spider crawled across my tablet as I browsed the internet. I picked it up and let it run around my hands for a while, wondering why I can let a jumping spider do this but wouldn't do it with any other type of spider. There is something different about them, almost pet-like. Unfortunately the photos of this one on my hand didn't come out terribly well, but here it is on the table.

I didn't expect to be able to identify the species using my copy of a Guide to the Spiders of Australia. There are, it says, 385 species of jumping spider in Australia and covers them in just 14 pages and 32 photos. On opening the book and flicking through to the jumping spiders, I was surprised to see what looks very much like this individual photographed and described as an "unidentified Cosmophosis female from north Queensland".

New Holland Publishers really should have a more specialised Guide to the Jumping Spiders of Australia. I would buy it without hesitation.

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