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Red-Faced Jumping Spider (Habronattus pyrrithrix) Courtship in 4k resolution! @ University of Pittsburgh

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C-C-C-CHECK IT BRUTHAS

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Speaking of Salticids, here is one found on the west concrete wall of the Marine Biology building at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA.  It was pretty small (~3-4mm).

Hello, Cory!

It took me a while and I’m sorry to say I’m not able to give you a definitive answer. Your spider seems to resemble Habronattus, best, but I can’t narrow down a good species match. Another, less likely possibility is Phanias. Again, I can’t get further than the genus. I couldn’t find good matches on the pattern on the abdomen, but that’s not a good way to try to ID Salticids, anyway.

I checked the eyes and the colours of the face, as well. I’m leaning most towards a Habronattus sp.

Sorry I couldn’t be more specific, but thank you very much for the beautiful photos!

Jumping spider found in San Diego, CA, on datura. The photo up top is Cory’s; the other two are mine. Neither of us managed to get very good pictures of it, but he said I should send it to you because sometimes you can manage amazing identifications from really blurry photos. If not, no worries, it was a cutie anyway!

- Hexiva

Hi, guys!

I’m pretty sure your cute jumper is a Habronattus and the best species match is H. elegans. Here are some diagnostic links, as well. Pellenes- another genus in the family Pelleninae- looks similar, but I think Habronattus elegans is the better match.

Thanks, as always, for sharing! :)

Habronattus sp. - adult female by Sam Martin (abikeOdyssey) on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Found this Habronattus female while doing fieldwork awhile back, but was putting off photographing her because the first time I tried she was just awful - Popcorn would be a more cooperative photo subject! It still took me over 600 shots to get a few I was happy with; I have so many good poses with poor focus, but I was determined to get good shots and finally got a few I was happy with.

She was in such a strange place; a gravel bar in the middle of Tyner Creek (the type locality of the salamander I’m working on, Eurycea tynerensis); the rocks there were so wet she couldn’t jump more than a couple centimeters, but that didn’t stop her from trying. I’ve never seen a Jumper who lived up to the name so constantly!

Females of this genus are very difficult to identify to species level, unless found with a male. My most likely guess is H. coecatus, but I will refrain from calling it that for certain.

Nikkor 18-55 reversed (at ~18mm), Nikon SB-400 and folding diffuser, homemade flash bracket.
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If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Thomas Shahan’s (Opo Terser’s) Interview from the Today Show (NBC), which I uploaded to Youtube. It aired October 23.