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Neon reticulatus  (Blackwall, 1853)
≤ 1900   1901-1979   1980-2005   2006 ≤
Description: Carapace of female brown with darker head region, sparsely covered with light hairs. Abdomen brown or greenish-brown with black reticulate markings, however rather chevron like in the midline. There are only few light hairs on the abdomen confined to the anterior half. Legs are finely marked with dark brown and light brown markings and with legs I darker. The male is darker than the female, the head has a metallic lustre, and tibia and metarsi of legs I are blackish. Size: Female 2-3 mm; male 2-2.5 mm.

Genus: Neon Simon, 1876. Characters of genus: Small spiders which are fairly easily identified to genus-level due to the relatively large protuberant posterior eyes situated rather far back on the carapace. The epigynes of the females are large compared to the size of the spider.

Family: Salticidae Blackwall, 1841 (Jumping spiders). Characters of family: Small to medium-sized, shortlegged spiders easily recognizable by the characteristic eyes arranged in three rows. The anterior row of eyes is situated on a more or less vertical face, the medians being very large, the laterals somewhat smaller and set higher on the head. The second row of eyes consists of two very small, often minute or vestigial eyes set further back on the head. The two eyes of the posterior row are about the same size as the anterior laterals, and are set about halfway back on the carapace at the edges of the head. The anterior medians are highly sophisticated providing acute vision used to leap accurately while moving around as well as capturing prey and escape efforts.
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