Meet the Spider that Lives On Top of the World: the Himalayan Jumping Spider

Meet the Spider that Lives On Top of the World: the Himalayan Jumping Spider
© Gavin Maxwell /naturepl.com
Habitat: Himalayas
Status: Not Listed
Lurking at elevations of up to 6,700 meters in the Himalayas is this tiny jumping spider, which is appropriately named the Himalayan Jumping Spider (Euophrys omnisuperstes). The scientific name means ‘standing above everything’ and it might possibly be the highest known permanent resident on earth.
This super fuzzy creature survives by feeding on stray insects that are blown up the mountainside by the wind. That’s its only source of food! It must be quite the opportunist hunter, then. Take a look at this video of the spider in action:

ARKive video - Himalayan jumping spider on rock, slomo of jumping