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  • A frontal view of the jumping spider Phidippus audax

Panorama: How Jumping Spiders View The World

The image above shows the jumping spider Phidippus audax with its two principal eyes facing us. The green parts are the spider’s fangs. Eight-eyed jumping spiders have a near 360-degree view of the world, according to a new study co-authored by behavioral ecologist Elizabeth Jakob, (Department of Psychology) whose research focuses on vision and learning in spiders. The new study presents a detailed look at how each of the spider’s eight eyes work. In addition to revealing their keen vision, the researchers found that the spiders sometimes became fixated on videos. Learn more.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Jakob