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Johnson Jumping Spider (Phidippus johnsoni)


Detailing the identifying qualities of the Johnson Jumping Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.


 Updated: 2/17/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org







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





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.








Johnson Jumping Spider Information



Category: Spider
Common Name: Johnson Jumping Spider
Scientific Name: Phidippus johnsoni
Other Name(s): Red Jumping Spider


Taxonomy Hierarchy



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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach



Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 7 mm to 13 mm (0.273 inches to 0.507 inches)
Identifying Colors: black; red; white
Additional Descriptors: jumping, biting, hairy

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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