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    Johnson Jumping Spider - (Phidippus johnsoni)

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


    Picture of Johnson Jumping Spider


    Staff Writer (2/17/2015): 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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    Details of the:
    Johnson Jumping Spider


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

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

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

    Identifying Colors: black; red; white

    Additional Descriptors: 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 an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.