Our 17 days at Mulu have passed. Today, we took the day off from sampling to rest and pack up for the next stage of our expedition, a shorter stay of 8 days at Lambir Hills National Park.

Each day we have sampled and processed so intensely that we fall in bed exhausted. It was only today that I found the time to review what we've found at Mulu. As we go, I take photos of every species collected, and try to organize the photos to act as a growing "field guide" to the species at the site. We don't know the names of most of the species, but we can still recognize them by their appearances. After each day's collecting, I try to match each species collected to the current "field guide" to see if it's new for us and needs to be photographed. I had been getting behind at organizing the photos, but today I cleared up the backlog.

My preliminary estimate of the number of jumping spider species we found at Mulu: 116. This is a pretty impressive number for one family of spiders at one site. It's fewer than we found last year in our similar sampling at Yasuní, Ecuador, where we estimated 153 species of salticids. I'm sure there are many species we missed at both sites, but I also suspect this difference is real. In my experience, for jumping spiders there is no place like the Amazon basin.

We are nonetheless thrilled to have such a solid sample from Mulu. The scientific literature reports only about 100 species from all of Borneo, and yet we've found almost 150 in our whole trip. This shows how poorly studied is the island: we can exceed the published reports of the last 200 years with only 3 weeks of collecting.

In honor of the species we found, some awards are deserved. Here they are. Remember, despite how different these look, they are all jumping spiders, recognizable by the classic pattern of eyes.

The commonest salticid on leaf litter, genus unknown (possibly a hasariine):

The commonest on foliage, Bathippus (female):

The commonest on tree trunks, Laufeia:

The most colorful, Siler:

Most like a tank, Porius:

Most convincing ant mimic, Myrmarachne:

Scariest legs, Harmochirus:

Longest legs, Viciria:

Best jumper, Bavia:

Cutest, Uroballus:

Previously in this series:

Spiders in Borneo: Introduction

Spiders in Borneo: Undiscovered biodiversity

Spiders in Borneo: The guests of honor: Salticidae

Spiders in Borneo: Team Salticid

Spiders in Borneo: Mulu National Park

Spiders in Borneo: Dreaming about salticid spiders

Spiders in Borneo: Jumping spiders in the forest

Spiders in Borneo: Beating around the bushes

Spiders in Borneo: Spiders in leaf litter

Spiders in Borneo: A Vertical Life

Spiders in Borneo: Leeches and eyeballs

Spiders in Borneo: Breaking News!

Spiders in Borneo: Falling from above

Spiders in Borneo: What I carry

Spiders in Borneo: Entangled and pierced

Spiders in Borneo: Scattered literature

Text and images © W. Maddison, under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (CC-BY)