The Jumping Spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) of Trinidad and Tobago

Bruce Cutler, G.B. Edwards


The jumping spiders (Salticidae) are the most speciose family of spiders, with approximately 4500 species currently known. They occur in most terrestrial habitats including arctic and alpine tundra, deserts, forests, grasslands, crops, and on man-made structures. The family's greatest diversity is in tropical forests. This is exemplified by Panama, which has 237 recorded salticid species, compared with Canada and the United States combined with 288 recorded salticid species in an area 200 times the size of Panama (Nentwig 1993). Jumping spiders are sometimes called money spiders in Trinidad.

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