1. Photographs of the jumping spider Sitticus pubescens (Salticidae) show that the jump is almost entirely due to the sudden straightening of the fourth pair of legs. Multiple-image photographs show the importance of a silk drag-line in controlling the jump.

2. The torques at the leg joints have been estimated. Extension torques occur at the two hinge joints although these lack extensor muscles.

3. The erection of leg spines at the moment of the jump provides direct evidence that hydraulic forces are involved in the jump. This view is supported by estimates of the pressures involved, which fall within a factor of about two of those previously measured in the legs of the spider Tegenaria.

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