Telamonia dimidiata

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Two-striped Telamonia
Telamonia dimidiata female.jpg
Female Two-striped Jumper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Section: Dionycha
Superfamily: Salticoidea
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Plexippinae
Tribe: Plexippini
Genus: Telamonia
Species: T. dimidiata
Binomial name
Telamonia dimidiata
(Simon, 1899)

Viciria dimidiata
Phidippus pateli

The two-striped jumper, or Telamonia dimidiata, is a jumping spider found in various Asian tropical rain forests, in foliage in wooded environments.


Telamonia dimidiata at Durgapur, India

Females can reach a body length of 9–11 mm (0.35–0.43 in), males can reach a length of 8–9 mm (0.31–0.35 in). The female is light yellowish, with a very white cephalus and red rings surrounding the narrow black rings round the eyes. Two longitudinal bright red stripes are present on the opisthosoma.[1] The male is very dark, with white markings, and red hairs around the eyes. They appear in Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, India, and Bhutan. Telamonia Dimidiata are non-venomous and produce no toxin significant to humans.

Email hoax[edit]

Since 1999, the spider has been the subject of an email hoax claiming that it was a fatal spider found lurking under toilet seats in North Florida.[2] This hoax was a rehashing of an older email circulated in 1999 with similar claims, except under the name "South American Blush Spider (arachnius gluteus [sic])" - literally "butt spider". Similar email hoaxes (with details of the original changed here and there) have been found in other parts of the world claiming that the same thing happened in that country. Lately[when?] it has also appeared on Facebook, also including a picture of the arachnid. Posts commonly report of it being found world-round, suggesting everyone must take precautions.[3] No such events appear to have occurred, and the story is considered an urban legend.[4][5][6] The false rumor has since spread to websites such as the Abbywinters Discussion Forums, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr in 2012.


  1. ^ Murphy & Murphy 2000:300
  2. ^ "Hoax Slayer website". October 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "New poisonous spider in the United States". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  4. ^ "UCR Spiders Site: Internet Hoax". 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Spider Myths: Pulsating cactus". 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  6. ^ Snopes: Urban Legends Reference Pages: Two-Striped Telamonia Spider. Retrieved 2007-FEB-25.


  • Murphy, Frances & Murphy, John (2000): An Introduction to the Spiders of South East Asia. Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2007): The world spider catalog, version 8.0. American Museum of Natural History.

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