Jumping Spider (Phidippus), Chihuahua, Mexico

Jumping Spider (Phidippus) Chihuahua Mexico DorsolateralThe photo on the right was taken by Galina Z., of Chihuahua, Mexico (in the central part of Chihuahua state). She wrote: "Good day, Jerry! Thank you for your article about Johnson jumpers. I was like Cat. I found a pretty spider in our house in Chihuahua, and took some pictures. When a colleague of my husband saw them he shouted, 'it is dangerous!' I am attaching the pictures. The pattern on the back is different from the Johnson jumper on your website. Could this spider be the same kind?" The positioning of the eyes (see Ubick et al, [2005], pg. 214) is consistent with spiders in the genus Phidippus, but the pattern of the dark marking on the dorsal abdomen is not typical for a P. johnsoni female, which this is, based on the morphology of its palps. My prev. article portrays a male, whose abdomen is entirely red, but a typical female has a broad, median black band on the posterior two thirds of the dorsal abdomen with margins are not  incised. Still, much variation exists within species.  NEXT PAGE ---- PAGE MENU:  1  *  2  *  

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