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Johnson Jumping Spider - (Phidippys johnsoni)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/22/2014

The petite Johnson Jumping Spider can launch itself distances over 5 times the length of its own body. .

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The Johnson Jumping Spider does not build webs to catch its food. It seeks it out, wandering around until it happens upon a good prey item. These tiny spiders jump large distances (considering their size) to catch their prey. Olympic long jumpers have nothing on these little powerhouses. They are day-time hunters and hide out at night and in the winter.

They have been known to bite humans, but without serious effects. Females weave funnel-shaped webs to lay eggs in under rocks or between objects. Males have an abdomen that is completely red, whereas the female will have a black line down the center of her abdomen.

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Category: Spider
Common name: Johnson Jumping Spider
Scientific Name: Phidippys johnsoni
Other Names: Red Jumping Spider

Taxonomy:
  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
     Order: Araneae
      Family: Salticidae
       Genus: Phidippys
        Species: johnsoni

Adult Size (Length): 7mm to 13mm (0.28in to 0.51in) COMPARE

Identifying Colors: black; red; white

General Description: jumping, biting, hairy


North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Kansas; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oklahoma; Oregon; South Dakota; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Mexico


* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.


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