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Opisthoncus grassator Keyserling, 1883 Wandering Vagabond

Attractive, large, and with an outgoing personality, the male is usually found hunting on shrubs in daylight. It has a white to cream patch on rear of the head and a white to cream stripe running lengthways along the abdomen. Very common. Perhaps the most commonly seen and photographed garden jumping spider. The name means highwayman or footpad, a type of brigand operating on foot, robbing travellers. ♀ 7mm ♂ 9mm

Male adult on bark, from above, facing

Opisthoncus mordax
Photo: Dr Greg Anderson

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