Green Jumping Spider
Category: Arachnida Spider
Facts about Green Jumping Spiders, "Scientific name fore Green Jumping Spider is Mopsus mormon". Green Jumping spiders are not only large but are also beautiful species of spiders. In fact, the Spiders species are the largest jumping spiders in Australia with approximately 250 species found within the region of Queensland.
The main feature of the Green Jumping Spider is its excellent eyesight, and its ability to jump brilliantly. This feature enables the Green Jumping Spider to get sight of the prey then subsequently leaps on it when it is least suspecting.
The Green Jumping Spider also has a potential of jumping to an approximate height of 8 inches (20 cm) from any flat surface because of its special muscles that connect joints of the legs. The spider uses the hind legs to jump, and the front legs in grabbing the prey.
The Green jumping spider also possesses claw tufts that protrude from the legs and enables it to climb vertical and smooth surfaces. The Green Jumping Spiders vision is also excellent since the eyes are arranged, in a way that the degree of vision is 360.
The Green jumping spider also has eight eyes in total. These eyes are set in rows two and two, and four. The front eyes of the Green Jumping Spider are very large. In fact, they are often long-sighted than other spiders.
The jumping spider lives in a nest instead of building a web. This nest is built between a bark or leaves. It is amazing that that they open their homes at both sides and uses them during the cold seasons and night.
During summer or spring, the female Green Jumping Spider lays and guards the eggs in her nest. The spider often leaves a safety line to enable it crawl back just in case it jumps and the jump fails.
The Green Jumping Spider habitat is mainly within the rain forest, even though some may be found within the gardens. The Green Jumping Spider often hunt on large green leaves in backyards or gardens, most especially on the rain forest plants.
Most jumping spiders in Australia are harmless to humans. Needless to say, these jumping spiders are among the best spiders alive.
Spiders belong to a group of animals called "arachnids", mites and Scorpions and a tick is also in the arachnid family. An Arachnids is a creature with eight legs, two body parts, no antennae or wings and are not able to chew on food. Spiders are not insects because insects have three main body parts and six legs and most insects have wings.
The Arachnids are even in a larger group of animals called "arthropods" an invertebrate animal of the large phylum Arthropoda, which also include spiders, crustaceans and insects. They are the largest group in the animal world, about 80% of all animals come from this group. There are over a million different species. There are more than 40,000 different types of spiders in the world.
Green Jumping Spiders have oversize brains.
In the Green Jumping Spider the oxygen is bound to "hemocyanin" a copper-based protein that turns their blood blue, a molecule that contains copper rather than iron. Iron-based hemoglobin in red blood cells turns the blood red
Green Jumping Spiders have two body parts, the front part of the body is called the Cephalothorax-(the thorax and fused head of spiders). Also on this part of the body is the spider’s gland that makes the poison and the stomach, fangs, mouth, legs, eyes and brain. Spiders also have these tiny little leg-type things called (pedipalps) that are next to the fangs. They are used to hold food while the spider bites it. The next part of the Green Jumping Spiders body is the abdomen and the abdomens back end is where there is the spinnerets and where the silk producing glands are located.
A Green Jumping Spider’s legs and body are covered with lots of hair and these hairs are water-repellent, which trap a thin layer of air around the body so the spiders body doesn't get wet. It allows them to float, this is how some spiders can survive under water for hours. A Green Jumping Spider feels its prey with chemo sensitive hairs on its legs and than feels if the prey is edible. The leg hair picks up smells and vibrations from the air.
A Green Jumping Spiders stomach can only take liquids, so a spider needs to liquefy their food before they eat. They bite on their prey and empty its stomach liquids into the pray which turns it into a soup for them to drink.
A male Green Jumping Spider has two appendages called "pedipalps" a sensory organ, instead of a penis, which is filled with sperm and insert by the male into the female Green Jumping Spider’s reproductive opening.
Spiders do not have a skeletons. They have a hard outer shell called an exoskeleton-(a rigid external covering for the body in some invertebrate animals). The exoskeleton is hard, so it can’t grow with the spider. The young Green Jumping Spiders need to shed their exoskeleton. The spider has to climb out of the old shell through the cephalothorax. Once out, they must spread themselves out before the new exoskeleton will harden. Now they have some room to grow. They stop growing once they fill this shell. Female Green Jumping Spiders are usually bigger than males.