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Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius)

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

 Updated: 8/2/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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Identifying this species of Jumping Spider is as easy as black-and-white thanks to clear markings, small stature, and powerful legs.

Like all members of the Salticidae family, fantastic leaps across relatively long distances are a hallmark of Jumping Spiders. They are believed to have excellent eyesight and are known to be just as inquisitive as the humans that observe them. Small and mighty, Jumping Spiders pounce on unsuspecting insect prey using their springy legs to launch a silent aerial attack, or perhaps get themselves in range for a quick run-down.

It is not uncommon to find Jumping Spiders indoors where they help homeowners rid the house of unwanted pests. They are not known to be aggressive toward people, but like any creature under threat and in a panic, it can bite. The bite stings a little, but it is not life-threatening (unless the victim is specifically allergic to that kind of venom) and will heal by itself over time. Most times, Jumping Spiders look, leap away, and disappear into corners and cracks.

Jumping Spider Information

Category: Spider
Common Name: Jumping Spider
Scientific Name: Paraphidippus aurantius

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: Paraphidippus
       Arrow graphic Species: aurantius

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 4 mm to 8 mm (0.156 inches to 0.312 inches)
Identifying Colors: black, white
Additional Descriptors: dots, stripes, fast, jumping, leaping, eyes

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; 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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