Tiny gems from the leaf litter.

Discuss natural history subjects not strictly related to birds. Reports of interesting mammal, reptile, and invertebrate sightings are welcome.
flossiepip
Posts: 183
Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:27 pm

Tiny gems from the leaf litter.

Postby flossiepip » Sat May 08, 2021 2:32 pm

In recent weeks I've found a couple of new tiny jumping spiders to go with a few that I've known about for some years. They are mostly very small at around 2-3mm but one is some what larger at about 4.5mm.
Don't know if they are one of the named and described jumpers for here in New Zealand or un named and un described, I have put them up for id on one or two sites but no names have as far come back.
I always find them in dark , shady places around our garden usually on the wire fence that passes close to native bush, so would guess they come from the over hanging branches or bark from the trees but could also come up from the leaf litter. All are very well camouflaged as well as being tiny, so very hard to see even when you look at them. Two are very common with the rest being rather less so and they could be very localized but its impossible to say.
It does make one think that New Zealand could very well have a very rich diversity of these tiny little Salticidae waiting to be found!
P3120143.JPG
P3120143.JPG (141.97 KiB) Viewed 127 times
IMG_9476.JPG
IMG_9476.JPG (180.95 KiB) Viewed 127 times
IMG_9250.JPG
IMG_9250.JPG (174.63 KiB) Viewed 127 times
flossiepip
Posts: 183
Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:27 pm

Re: Tiny gems from the leaf litter.

Postby flossiepip » Sat May 08, 2021 2:35 pm

IMG_9227.JPG
IMG_9227.JPG (133.2 KiB) Viewed 125 times
Missed a couple!
IMG_8967.JPG
IMG_8967.JPG (137.81 KiB) Viewed 125 times

Return to “Other Natural History”