Tufted Dimorphic Jumping Spider

The Tufted morph of the male Dimorphic Jumping Spider is less than half an inch in diameter. Dimorphic Jumping Spiders are technically known as Maevia inclemens. It can jump up to 50 times its length!

The reason these spiders are called "dimorphic" is that the males can come in two different color styles. There is this black color scheme. Only the males look different with this spider - the females look exactly the same. This is fairly rare in the animal kingdom.

A tufted morph father will then have the mom create babies of both kinds. That is, the mom will have babies that look like him (black) and also have babies that look like the other kind of male (gray). However, when the babies are born, they'll all look gray, probably because it is a great camouflage color. It's only at the final molt that the tufted morph takes on its stunning black look.

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Here's another one.

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Dimorphic Jumping Spider

Here's a video of the black form of the dimorphic jumping spider, showing off its jumping powers.



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