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Dancing Jumping spider

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by TheKid, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. TheKid

    TheKid Arachnopeon Active Member

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    So would it be in anyway illegal to transport this specimen to the U.S. or neighboring countries?
     
  2. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    Importing animals from other countries without the proper permit(s) and/or without declaring them to Customs and the Fish and Wildlife Service is illegal. (This is known as "brown boxing.")
     
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  3. Nephila Edulis

    Nephila Edulis Arachnoknight Active Member

    There's plenty of jumping spiders that will dance for a mate, so I'm not sure which species you're talking about. The most famous ones are in the genus Maratus or the "peacock spiders". They live in Australia and pretty much nobody owns, breeds or sells them. But like I said there's plenty of dancing jumpers out there
     
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  4. spotropaicsav

    spotropaicsav Arachnobaron Active Member

    OP- is this the species you are referring to? Or another?
     
  5. TheKid

    TheKid Arachnopeon Active Member

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    Yeah its the peacock jumping spiders. Despite its size, how much do you think someone would be willing to pay for this spider.
     
  6. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoprince Active Member

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    If they were in the US hobby probably a pretty price. @TheKid
     
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  7. TheKid

    TheKid Arachnopeon Active Member

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    Well above all there must be a logical reason why it is not in the hobby as of now.
     
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  8. Nephila Edulis

    Nephila Edulis Arachnoknight Active Member

    The reason there's none in the hobby is 1: it's pretty hard to import animals out of Australia, 2: the colourful males aren't very long lived once they mature and 3: most of the species have secret locations to prevent collection from the wild
     
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  9. TheKid

    TheKid Arachnopeon Active Member

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    I have only heard of the first one and thanks for the other two.
     
  10. BenLeeKing

    BenLeeKing Arachnopeon

    I'm sure there is still a possibility that they could make it into the hobby one day... I once saw a video on youtube about studies conducted on them by UC Berkeley, where they caught specimens back to the US and studied their dances. (Here's the video) Now... if only they breed them~
     
  11. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    A little food for thought. Recall the invasion of African bees to South America. That has pretty much written the rules regarding importing potential invasives.