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Pike slender jumper

Pike slender jumper (Marpissa pikei) [female]
Photo © Hank Guarisco

Pike slender jumper (Marpissa pikei) [male]
Photo © Hank Guarisco

Features and Behaviors

Pike slender jumper has an abdomen that is more than three times longer than its width. Its front legs are darker than its other legs. The male has a dark stripe on the abdomen with white along the sides. The female’s coloration is gray to brown. The female ranges from about one-fourth to one-third of an inch in total body length with the male being slightly smaller.

Jumping spiders have excellent vision and pounce on their insect prey. The males dance as part of their mating behavior. Adults are active from late spring through fall.

Illinois Range


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Salticidae

Illinois Status: common, native