Japanese fighting jumping spider
May 7, 2016. M.Sekine
Japanese children enjoyed Spider-fighting in many years ago. Because
two males of jumping spider will readily fight each other, they are known
as 'Funchi' and 'Honchi', a regional dialect, in Futtsu City and Yokohama
City, respectively. The scientific name of each of the fighting arachnids
is Carrhotus xanthogramma (Latreille 1819). The habitat of the species
is grasses and low shrubs. However, destruction of nature took it away from
Japanese children. Volunteers are now trying to succeed the tradition of
this male-to-male fray and preserving it in Futtsu City and Yokohama City,
the Kanto district in Japan. The annual Spider-fighting tournaments in Futtsu
and Yokohama are both held in early May. Both children and adults have searched
for stronger spiders for the event.
The 'Funchi' Spider-fighting in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture in 2015.
Two males of jumping spider will readily fight each other like sumo wrestlers.
Children gather under a flag and enjoying the 'Honchi' Spider-fighting
in Yokohama City in 2016.
Male-to-male fray of the 'Honchi', Carrhotus xanthogramma, in