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Today I want to give a huge shout out to Phantastic Phids for our awesome P. putnami. It’s like they read my mind. I have been wanting to find one of these guys for a little while. I’m so excited to write this one! Kingdom Anamalia Phylum Arthropod Subphylum Chelicerata Class Arachnida Order Araneae Infraorder Araneomorphae Family Salticidae Genus Phidippus Species P. putnami Physical features One of the reasons I love the putnami is their coloring and unique face. In the right light, their eyes look hollow and almost eerie. So cool to see them up close. Our little guy has dark blue coloring and looks particularly fuzzy around the...
Kingdom Anamalia Phylum Arthropod Subphylum Chelicerata Class Arachnida Order Araneae Infraorder Araneomorphae Family Salticidae Genus Phidippus Species octopunctatus As promised earlier this week, today’s Salticidae Sunday will focus on the P. octopunctatus. We have nicknamed these sassy little creatures the octopunk, and they are truly an interesting species of jumping spider. Also, their mating dance was the funniest I have seen. More on that later though. Identification The octopunk is one of the largest jumping spiders in North America and can get up to 25 mm in length which makes them larger than the regal. Of course, it’s only by a few mm, but still. I fell in love...
This week's Salticidae Sunday features the P. otiosus. These guys are a new favorite. The juveniles are super energetic and docile at the same time. Based on observations, they are also great eaters. As always, the classification comes first. Kingdom Anamalia Phylum Arthropod Subphylum Chelicerata Class Arachnida Order Araneae Infraorder Araneomorphae Family Salticidae Genus Phidippus Species P. otiosus The otiosus is commonly known as the canopy jumping spider. However, we at BFP call them OT’s. In Latin, their name basically means full of or prone to leisure, peace, or quiet. These guys really are awesome. Physical features The OT can range anywhere from 8 – 18 mm, with the females being...
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