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Cyrba algerina  (Lucas, 1846)
Main synonym = Salticus algerinus    Lucas, 1864
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Arachnida / Araneae / Salticidae
Algerian Jumping Spider     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
Spiders in this genus do not make cobwebs, but prey on other insects or spiders of different families (they dot attack other Salticideae species.) They depend primarily on vision and attack with a characteristic jumping manner. When threatened, they often jump away instead of crawling. They also feed on any insect that is caught in their silk laid haphazardly on the ground. C. algerina is the only spider in the genus that is known to hunt at night.

The primary mating season is May and juveniles emerge in July, grow to about half the adult size by winter, and then grow to adult size in the spring of the following year. This species, like most of the genus, are found crawling on arid rocky ground mostly under rocks.










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