A spider has been trained to jump between two wooden planks by scientists at the University of Manchester in order to discover its acrobatic ability.

Tarantula

Tarantula

The Phidippus regius spider used for the experiment - named Kim by the research team - is known for its incredible jumping ability and has been nicknamed the 'regal jumping spider'.

Dr Mostafa Nabawy hopes to use the research to help engineers design agile mini-robots beyond human technology.

He said: ''This is amazing and if we can understand these biomechanics we can apply them to other areas of research.''

Jumping spiders are typically able to bound up to six times their body length from a standing start unlike humans, who are only able to achieve about 1.5 body lengths.