4/19/2017 Phidippus otiosus - Adult Female, SUCH A BEAUTY!!!!
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Salticidae (Jumping Spiders)
No Taxon (otiosus group)
Species otiosus (Phidippus otiosus)
Other Common Names
Canopy Jumping Spider
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
See the World Spider Catalog.
Edwards (1) considers this to be part of a species group, but the taxonomy is not clear.
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Hentz, 1846. Species name otiosus is a Latin adjective for free, at leisure (1).
Body length 8-12 mm (male), 12-18 mm (female)
Carapace dark brown with white hairs along the sides. Abdomen is brown above with distinctive pattern in orangish. Chelicerae of both male and female irridescent, usually green, but sometimes purple (2).
Keys for recognizing specimens of Phidippus regius, P. otiosus and P. audax are described in:
Edwards G.B. 1981. The regal jumping spider Phidippus regius (Araneae: Salticidae). Ent. Circ., Florida Dept. Agric. Consumers Service, Gainesville, 223: 1-3, 4 f. (PDF) (HTML)
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