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Mopsus Karsch, 1878


Mopsus has one species, Mopsus mormon, found in Australia and New Guinea. The genus is part of a clade related to Astia (Maddison et al 2008). Mopsus is closely related to Sandalodes and Mopsolodes (Maddison 2015). Further information on the genus and described species can be found in Richardson and Żabka (2017) and Whyte and Anderson (2017).


Specimens have been collected in tropical regions from Broome across northern Australia to south-east Queensland, and in New Guinea. It has become extremely common in Brisbane in recent years and seems to be expanding its range southwards.


Isbister, G.K., Churchill, T.B., Hurst, D.B., Gray, M.R. & Currie, B.J. 2001. Clinical effects of bites from formally identified spiders in tropical Northern Territory. Australian Medical Journal 174, 79-82.

Jackson, R.R. 1983. The biology of Mopsus mormon, a jumping spider (Araneae: Salticidae) from Queensland: intraspecific interactions. Australian Journal of Zoology 31, 39-53.

Maddison, W.P. 2015. A phylogenetic classification of jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae). Journal of Arachnology 43, 231-292.

Maddison, W.P., Bodner, M.R. & Needham, K.M. 2008. Salticid spider phylogeny revisited, with the discovery of a large Australian clade (Araneae: Salticidae). Zootaxa 1893, 49-64.

Richardson, B.J. & Żabka, M. 2016. Salticidae. Arachnida: Araneomorphae. Canberra, Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, at

Whyte, R. & Anderson, G. 2017. A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia. CSIRO Publishing: Clayton.

* The information sheet should be interpreted in the context of the associated diagrams and photographs. Diagrams explaining anatomical terms can be found in the ‘Salticidae’ pictures at the beginning of the list of genera.